PT Tips: Beware the summer shoe

In the summer months we certainly see an increase in the number of people 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, 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 these kind of 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 you are experiencing problems, why not give the clinic a call on (0117) 330 6820 or make an appointment to see one of our therapists using our online booking system on our website.