My feet hurt, but I still want to wear sandals. What should I look for?How to find a comfortable and safe pair of sandals.
Finding sandals that fit and function well can be a daunting task. Sandals are a wonderful break from closed in shoes, but can result in many problems including over use injuries and nasty blisters. A loose sloppy fit will make your feet work hard to keep them on and give you poor support which often leads to over use injuries from over gripping with your toes. To avoid this look for sandals with 2-3 adjustable straps to help ensure a snug fit. Look for sandals with a heel cup, built-in arch support and metatarsal support. If you wear orthotics look for removable foot beds that will accommodate your orthotic.
Derek Gilmer is a Certified Pedorthist and the owner of Healthy Steps Pedorthic Clinic. Derek is exclusively trained in the assessment, design, manufacture, fit and modification of custom made orthoses (also called orthotics) and footwear in order to alleviate and manage pain, discomfort and disabilities in the legs and feet. www.healthystepspedorthic.com