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Keep Feet Healthy this Summer with Tips from AthletiCo Physical Therapy
Date:5/28/2010

Summer footwear choices can affect the body from head to toe

(Vocus) May 27, 2010 -- Summer is right around the corner, and the weather forecast will soon be calling for some fun in the sun. Sunscreen will be lathered on, hats will be worn, and of course, the summer clothes will be pulled out of storage. With the shorts, tank tops, and swim suits, also come the summer shoes, which include flip flops.

Flip flops are easy to slip on and off during the hot summer months and can be inexpensive to purchase. But just as the weather forecast has its highs and lows, flip flops can too. Some flip flops can be very cushioned, which lead people to believe they are good for the feet, but most offer little to no arch support. Flip flops can also be very flimsy, which causes them to breakdown quickly.

“Shoes that do not offer proper arch support can lead to biomechanical abnormalities starting when the heel strikes the ground,” says Annie Malone, PT, MPT, AthletiCo Bolingbrook. “This in turn can lead to pain felt not only in the joints of the foot and ankle, but also in the knees, hips, low back, shoulders, and neck.”

As a physical therapist, Malone says that it is common to see patients who come into treatment for a variety of reasons, many of which can be linked back to footwear and walking surfaces. She stresses the importance of finding a physical therapist who will evaluate the body from head to toe.

“Physically speaking, the human body is never as straight forward as it seems. Find a

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