Flip-flops are a popular item to wear among teenagers. They no doubt wear them all summer long, but now they are appearing on the feet of teens all year. Even during the rainy winter months you’ll find teens wearing them, just because they’re easy and comfortable – for now at least. Sooner or later flip-flops will cause foot pain and foot problems that could have otherwise been avoided. The article below explains more.
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Back to School Foot Pain
AFTER WEARING FLIP-FLOPS ALL SUMMER, STUDENTS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL WITH PAINFUL FEET
Flip-flops are the summer footwear of choice for many students. But while these sandals are inexpensive and stylish, they don't cushion or support the foot, leading to problems. After wearing flip-flops all summer, some students will head back to school this fall with foot pain and even injuries. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) reminds parents and students that foot pain isn't normal and can be reduced or eliminated.
People often don't realize that even into your mid-teens, there's new bone growing in your heel. Flip-flops don't cushion the heel, so repetitive stress from walking can inflame that heel bone growth area and cause pain and tenderness.
Heel pain and arch pain rank among the most common complaints among students who wear flip-flops. Other flip-flop feet problems students can take back to school include inflammation of the Achilles tendon, painful pinched nerves, sprained ankles, broken or sprained toes, cuts and scrapes, plantar warts, Athlete's foot, and callus build-up on the heels and toes.
Foot and ankle surgeons can usually reduce or eliminate students' foot pain with simple treatment methods including stretching exercises, ice massage, anti-inflammatory medications, and custom or over-the-counter shoe inserts.
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The New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare understand that teenagers are going to wear flip-flops – especially if an adult tells them not to! However, if the simple treatment methods mentioned above aren’t working, and your teen is experiencing chronic foot pain, it’s important that they visit a podiatrist to be examined. Nobody should have to live with foot pain and if it’s not taken care of it will only get worse. There are actually some really cool treatment options available now that are nearly painless, promote a fast recovery time, and will help eliminate foot pain for your teen.