PT Tips: Beware the summer shoe

In the summer month’s we certainly see an increase in the number of ladies who visit the the clinic with foot, ankle, shin and calf pain.

One of the reasons is the change from enclosed shoes in the cooler months to flipflops and strappy sandals when the weather warms up. Although very appropriate for warmer weather (if we’re that lucky), these types of shoes give less control and stability to the foot and as a consequence muscles in the calf and foot have to work that little bit harder. This can lead to conditions like Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuroma or just good old fashioned painful feet.

It may be entirely appropriate to wear summer shoes in summer but have a little think about your feet and try for at least some periods, to wear a more controlling pair of shoes interspersed with the flip flops.

If the problem is limiting you, pop in and have an assessment with one of the physio team.