29 Jun Prolonged use of sandals in summer can lead to osteoarthritis, bunions or tendonitis
In summer, high temperatures favour, mainly in the case of the women, that we change the closed shoes by open sandals; passing abruptly from a shoe that completely adjust the foot to sandals, in many cases with heels, that hardly hold the ankle.
The Professional College of Physiotherapists of the Community of Madrid (CPFCM) remind us the importance of not neglecting our feet when choosing footwear in the summer, because using this type of shoes, increases the risk of suffering injuries.
In this regard, José Santos, general secretary of the CPFCM, says that “women suffer up to four times more injuries and foot problems than men”. To prevent this type of injury, they recommend alternating daily the type of shoe and the height of the heel, that should not surpass five centimetres. In addition, in the case of using platforms, they should have a certain capacity of cushioning and a difference with the heel that does not exceed 3 centimetres.
The danger of high heels
Physical therapists also emphasize the danger of prolonged use of high-heeled shoes, which can cause different injuries and imbalances in posture, as well as other more serious conditions such as osteorathritis or arthritis in the knees, nerve disorders, tendonitis, bunions, fingers in hammer, metatarsalgia; Or even ankle injuries such as sprains or fractures.
During the summer season the number of festivities and weddings (around 46% of the links are celebrated in summer) increase, which also favours the use of heels. In this sense, it is advisable to choose a wide base heel, better weight distribution, and with platform not more than three centimetres high.