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What to Look For in a Comfortable, Supportive Sandal | Ankle Pain Hyde Park

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Not all sandals are created equal. If you’re in the market for a new pair of sandals, it’s important to learn what types of shoes will support your foot and prevent any ankle or foot pain. Following are some qualities you should be looking for in a sandal.

Cushioned Heel

Sandals with a cushioned heel will be much more comfortable. Especially if you have heel pain, finding a sandal with this type of heel will be extra necessary, and can even help prevent heel pain. A lot of flimsy sandals or flip flops don’t have that extra padding, which can easily cause pain or discomfort after a few hours of walking or standing.

Deep heel cupping allows for more equal weight distribution, which means you’ll be supported and feeling more comfortable.

Footbed Material

A lot of flimsy sandals are made out of cheap, thin, unsupportive plastic. The material that the footbed is made out of greatly impacts the overall comfort and support you’ll experience from the shoes. Be on the lookout for sandals with a cork footbed; these are the ones that will provide extra cushioning and prevent shock from walking.

If you wear ones that are made out of plastic and are flat at the heel, you’ll most likely find your feet and legs hurting after a while of wearing them, so make sure to read the box to know the material it’s made out of.

Arch Support

Having strong arch support is another factor you should be on the lookout for in your shoes and sandals. Flimsy flip flops provide some of the worst arch support on the market – especially for those who have flat feet. If you consistently wear flat sandals, flip flops, and shoes year-round, it can make any foot or ankle issues worse, in addition to hurting your foot alignment, back, and even posture.

Durable Sole

It’s important for the shoes that you wear to have a thick, durable sole so that they give you more support and provide shock protection. Turn your shoe over and look at the bottom and feel it out to see if it’s thick, slip-resistant, and durable. If it’s not, it most likely won’t be providing great support to you all summer long.

In addition, having a non-durable sole puts you at a greater risk of falling, slipping, tripping, and further injuring yourself. Make sure to read about the shoe’s features to ensure they’re up to par with what will support your feet best.

Consult With Your Podiatrist

Our podiatrists can help you find the best sandal for you. Depending on your unique needs and any current foot or ankle problems, they can recommend the types of shoes that will support your needs. Their advice, diagnosis, and treatment can vastly improve your quality of life.

Whatever the foot or ankle issue you may be encountering, our trusted team of doctors is ready to help. Contact our podiatrist in Hyde Park, Chicago today to set up your appointment today.


Mitchell Foot & Ankle

1338 E 47th St.
Chicago, IL 60653

Fax: 773-433-8108

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