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By Dr. Jeffrey Frederick
June 18, 2013
Category: Footwear
Tags: sandals   heel pain   blisters   flip-flops   warts   athlete's foot   sprains  


SandalsThe American Podiatric Medical Association has compiled a list of “approved” sandals that carry the APMA’s Seal of Acceptance – these sandals are designated as those that are shown to allow for the most normal foot function and promote quality health.  The list includes 197 different sandals or flip-flops!  Check out their website for more specific information and links to the companies that sell these products.

Sandals can still be stylish while at the same time provide support.  Depending on your footcare needs, many different models are available and can be found for specific foot problems.  For example, for hyperhydrosis (or feet that sweat too much), avoid leather and instead try a sandal made from nylon, spenco, or rubber.  For arch or heel pain, look for a sandal with a sturdy heel and adequate arch fill, like Birkenstocks or Chacos.  People with diabetes should steer clear of open-toed sandals and instead look for a clog style with mesh upper for a lighter summer shoe. 

Suggestions:

  • Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
  • Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.
  • Do ensure that your foot doesn't hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.
  • Do wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete's foot.


Cautions:

  • Don't re-wear flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.
  • Don't ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.
  • Don't wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.
  • Don't do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed-eater.
  • Don't play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.

For that rare person who has absolutely NO foot problems or pain with their feet, those $2 rubber flips flops are all yours…for now!

Thank you for visiting our website!  Please continue to learn more about your foot care needs by reading other informative articles and by visiting our helpful links.  NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is located in Berkley, MI and has been serving people around the Southfield, Berkley, Ferndale, and Royal Oak area for over 30 years.  Request an appointment via our website or call our office at (248) 545-0100.

Photo used with permission from Microsoft

By Dr. Jeffrey Frederick
August 15, 2012
Category: Toenails


Most nail polishes contain formaldehyde, a carcinogenic chemical best known for preserving cadavers. On a toenail, the formaldehyde dries and damages the nail. Polish remover has acetone, which is popular for removing adhesives and paint, and it is also damaging for the nail. This damage can leave the toenail susceptible to fungus infections. The dry white flaky condition of the nail when the polish comes of is often presumed to be a fungus and when in fact, it is damage from the polish.

 Even though summer brings with it sandal season, it is a good idea to give your nails a chance to recover by not wearing polish all the time. What about just wearing a base coat?  Clear polish is still just as damaging. It’s not the color that does it – it’s the polish itself.

So, is there such thing as good polish? The answer is yes. There is no nail polish that is totally natural, but the best thing to look for in nail polish is one that is "Three-Free," meaning free of toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DHB) and formaldehyde — all known carcinogenic ingredients.  Some brands that are “Three-Free” are: Priti, Zoya, 
Aquarella, Butter London, and Sante.

By some reports, the natural polishes are inferior, but your health should probably trump the prettiness of your toenails. There are also “healthy” polishes that contain vitamins, tea tree oil, and wheat protein. These are better for the nails and have antifungal properties. Even so, no polish is still better than these.

So if you’re on vacation, go crazy, wear polish for a week if you’re wearing shoes that will show your toes. But otherwise, treat the nails right and keep them healthy for years to come.

Thank you for visiting our website!  Please continue to learn more about your foot care needs by reading other informative articles and by visiting our helpful links.  NorthPointe Foot & Ankle is located in Berkley, MI and has been serving the people around the Southfield, Berkley, Ferndale, and Royal Oak area for over 30 years.  Request an appointment via our website or call our office at (248) 545-0100