At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we want to commend our patients for adhering to the guidelines put in place to help keep all Macomb County citizens safe and healthy. We have put extra measures in place to protect patients, and are also offering telemedicine services where appropriate. To learn more, click here.
In the interest of helping everyone spend their social isolating time productively, we’d like to suggest one activity to tackle now: evaluating your shoe wardrobe. Below are some keep/toss suggestions to help you sort out your selections.
Keep: shoes that are well made and consistently comfortable. Shoes can help or hurt your feet. Styles made of soft, flexible materials that provide good arch support and heel cushioning are definitely keepers.
Toss: running shoes that you’ve had for over a year. Even if they still look good, walking and running shoes do have a lifespan. If you’ve put between 300 and 500 miles on your current pair, it’s time to let them go. Changes to the cushioning and other parts of the shoe that aren’t visible can harm your feet.
Toss: high, spiky heels. We know this is a tough one, but this type of shoe is responsible for accelerating conditions like bunions and hammertoes. Forcing feet forward squishes toes together and increases the risk for ingrown toenails as well. If you’re really having withdrawal thinking about, choose one or two absolute favorites and limit the time you wear them.
Keep: a pair of flip-flops—notice we said “a” pair. Flip-flops provide protection for your feet when you are in public places like the beach, pool, gym, or nail salon because they prevent your feet from coming in contact with surfaces where fungi and bacteria lurk. They are not, however, good for daily wear due to their lack of support and structure.
Toss: shoes that don’t accommodate your orthotics if our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, or Dr. Philip M. Watkins, have prescribed them.