It's that time of year again for women to slip on those strappy sandals. Add high heels to the mix and you make a great fashion statement, but at what cost to your feet?
"A lot of people get Metatarsalgia which is pain on the ball of the foot under the Metatarsal bone, they get blisters corn calluses things like that," says Dr. Jane Andersen, a podiatrist.
Dr. Andersen offers these tips for those of us who just want to wear high heels. Shoes made of natural materials like leather are less likely to rub blisters. Moleskin can help protect tender spots under foot and foot petals stick inside straps to add extra cushion.
Dr. Andersen also says try to minimize the hours a day you're in high heels and always go shoe shopping late in the afternoon when your feet are the biggest. That way, you don't end up with shoes that hurt at the end of the day. You should also check your shoe size every couple years because feet often grow as we age.
For more information about summer sandals and foot pain, the American Podiatric Medical Association offers a web site at www.apma.org or www.acfas.org by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. For shoe fashion tips, contact Shirlee B. at www.shoesatthesquare.com.