Fluffy slippers are cute and warm on cold days, but if you don’t know how to use them properly, they will do more harm than good.
SayleeTulpule, a Mid-Atlantic foot and ankle specialist, often talks about the benefits of slippers.
“I usually advise people with foot problems like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, ankle pain to wear sandals to cushion the soles of the feet, providing general comfort,” she says.
Wenjay Sung, a pediatrician at a hospital in Los Angeles, said: “If someone has foot problems and pain, it is best to wear socks and slippers, even indoors. You can go barefoot.” He recommends indoor slippers because well-designed sandals will support and protect the feet, providing flexibility and comfort.
But if you have foot diseases, please note:
Toe clamping can lead to plantar fasciitis and muscle spasms, so it’s important to find shoes that fit properly. Open-heeled slippers are not as safe as heel-hugging sandals, and are easy to cause foot problems. “I often advise patients to avoid slippers for this reason,” says Tulpule.
Diabetics must always wear sandals to protect their feet from sharp objects. People with diabetes often have nerve damage in their feet, but don’t always feel pain, until it’s too late.
Open-heel design is good for people with heel pain, swelling due to rubbing when wearing shoes. Meanwhile, the closed-heel design provides better overall support and keeps the toes safe.
Here are the things to avoid when buying sandals:
Avoid shoes with slippery soles and non-breathable synthetic fabrics. Tulpule said that sandals made of hot, squashy materials can cause sweat to accumulate on the feet, increasing the likelihood of tinea pedis and toenail fungus.
According to Dr. Sung, poor quality indoor slippers will put pressure on the toes and foot muscles, causing excessive clinging to the toes, leading to foot pain…
If you’re experiencing pain, blisters, and calluses, you’ve probably picked the wrong kind of slippers.
According to experts, there is no hard and fast rule that you should go barefoot or wear slippers. If the house has hardwood or brick, slippers should be used for comfort and safety, especially in the cold of winter. If you have carpet in your home, going barefoot is also a great option.
“In short, do what makes you and your feet happy,” says the expert.
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