How Frequent Sandal Wearing Can Lead To Chronic Pain


Warm weather entices many to shed their socks and stroll the outdoors in flip flops and sandals. While it can be pleasant to let the often shrouded feet get some exposure to light and air there is, however, a hidden danger behind wearing this sort of foot wear for extend periods of time. The main health problem that can result from sandal and flip flop wearing is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, with other injuries following. 

Plantar fasciitis manifests as a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot, in the heel region. Inflammation of a thick band of tissue just beneath the skin of the bottom of the foot is the cause. This stretch of tissue is called the plantar fascia and it runs the entire length of the bottom of the foot, connecting the toe bones to the heel bone. The stabbing pain that results from plantar fasciitis is most often noticeable first thing in the morning with the first step taken to get out of bed. As subsequent steps are taken throughout the day, the foot begins to limber up and pain may fade away, but can return after awhile, especially when getting up from a seated position. 

Sandals and flip flops can contribute to developing this condition because they lack arch support. Chiropractors recommend orthotic inserts, or arch supporting pads, that can be placed in the bottom of shoes to provide the foot with the proper stability it needs to avoid developing inflammation by being pressed flat for long periods. 

Chiropractic care can help heal plantar fasciitis through a number of different of approaches. The idea is to reduce the inflammation in the fascia of the bottom of the foot before it can cause other musculoskeletal problems like shoulder, neck, back, and foot pain. 

Chiropractic adjustment aims to align the entire skeleton to its most natural position. To the trained observation of a chiropractor, misalignments are easily detected in most cases. Because the musculoskeletal system is an integrated mechanism with every part, no matter how small, having its effect on every other part, it is important to not ignore minor aches and pains that can develop into more chronic problems.

For this reason something like foot pain from a long Summer of wearing flat bottomed sandals and flip flops shouldn’t be dismissed lightly. By checking in with a chiropractor on a regular basis a proper maintenance routine for the body’s machinery can be established that will keep it healthy well into later life.

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