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Summer gear would be incomplete without shoes that keep your feet cool. So out of the closet come the platform and high heeled sandals, espadrilles, clogs, jellies and flip flops. But if you have chronic foot pain, beware!
This vast array of foot wear is fun; they’re colorful, stylish, lightweight, airy and easy to flip on and off your feet. But if you live with chronic foot pain and are one of the many, many people who have an inherited abnormal foot structure – the Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity – that is causing your chronic foot pain, summer shoes (which appear to be part of summertime fun) will only cause you grief. Here’s why:
The Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity both cause your feet to twist as you walk. This foot twist is hard on your shoes; breaking down certain shoes faster than others. When your shoes are broken down, this intensifies your foot twist and can create foot pain. The more your feet twist, the more likely you’ll have chronic foot pain.
So it’s best to wear as durable shoes as possible; those that are resistant to shearing (rubbing) compression and/or deformation. Many summer shoes miss the mark. Here’s the list of top offenders:
Platform and High Heeled Sandals
All high heeled shoes are detrimental to everyone because they push your pelvis forward and increase the pressure on your low back. But if you have an abnormal foot structure, there is yet another problem – the instability coming from your foot twist. That is, the higher the heel, the more unstable your ankles will be from the foot twist. This puts you at a high risk for twisting or spraining your ankles.
Platform and high heeled sandals are even worse; because in addition to the high heels, they have no heel counter (that cups your heel) so offer no real ankle support. If you have an abnormal foot structure and chronic foot pain, you need all the ankle support you can get.
My advice is that if you are going to wear platform or high heeled sandals, wear them only for ‘special’ occasions in which a more sensible shoe just won’t do.
There are many styles of espadrilles with varying degrees of heel heights – obviously, the lower the heel, the better. The defining feature of espadrilles is the soles, which are made of rope or rubber material (made to look like rope) and make the shoe flexible and comfortable to wear.
But if you have an abnormal foot structure, as your feet twist, this produces shearing. Shearing produces heat and heat produces sweat. So stay away from espadrilles with canvas tops, as canvas doesn’t breathe (instead, it holds moisture in your shoes).
My advice is that if you wear espadrilles; stick with the lower heels and breathable cotton tops.
Clogs are an easy shoe to slip on and off, but because of this they have absolutely no ankle support. Like platform and high heeled sandals, clogs put you at a higher risk for twisting or spraining your ankles.
My advice is that if you wear clogs; try to limit them to walking on hard, flat surfaces and avoid (like the plague) soft, yielding surfaces like beach sand.
Jelly shoes are made of PVC plastic. Because of the nature of this material, they retain heat (even if they have lots of holes in the design).
If you have an abnormal foot structure, your feet are already prone to sweating because as they twist and shear back and forth in your shoe this creates friction and heat. Wear Jellies and they’ll sweat even more.
My advice is to wear a shoe with a more breathable natural fiber, like leather or cotton.
Flip flogs seemingly have all good qualities – cheap, disposable, lightweight and easily thrown into your beach bag. But of all shoes, flip flops can create the most problems and exacerbate your chronic foot pain.
First, flip flogs give your ankles zero support. Second, if your feet twist, this causes the bottoms of this footwear to compress quickly and unevenly, which causes your feet to twist even more.
Flip flops are one class of shoes that people with an abnormal foot structure absolutely most avoid wearing as they place them at a high risk for spraining their ankles and knees and for creating falls.
If You Suffer With Chronic Foot Pain This Is The Best Choice For Summer Shoes
A lasting solution to chronic foot pain is to effectively treat your abnormal foot structure using Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy (for more information on Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy, see other blogs on this site). But in the meantime, how do you stay cool and comfy in the hot weather without creating even worse foot pain than you already have?
Good question! Shoe manufacturers just don’t make healthy shoes for the summertime. And if you suffer with chronic foot pain, your choices can be even more limiting. The best choice for summer shoes is a good quality leather sandal with wide straps across the front of the foot, low heels, hard rubber bottoms and a good support for the back of your heels. Fun colors are optional!
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures I discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with me might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read:
Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page.
Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy RPT