Being barefoot in the summer is only natural and has some benefits for short periods of time, but it is not recommended for outside the home. We recommend always wearing enclosed footwear outside the home or at work, because all too often injuries can occur from punctures or cuts to sprains and strains. Summer is the perfect time to get out in the water, so if you are participating in water sports such as kayaking or canoeing, we advise wearing water shoes or sandals to protect your feet from the harsh riverbeds or rocky shorelines. If an injury does occur, contact your podiatrist or doctor immediately.
If you are a diabetic, shoes should be worn at ALL times to avoid injury. Even the slightest cut, that can go unrecognised, may be a cause for concern among people with diabetes where healing is slowed and can potentially lead to serious problems and even limb amputation if not treated correctly and in time.
Thongs, flip flops, jandals
While thongs seem to be part of our Australian fashion culture and convenient to wear, they can put people at risk of developing foot problems. As thongs are a flat piece of rubber or leather, they do not provide enough support through the arch as other shoes would. If worn for a prolonged period of time, thongs can cause excessive movement of the foot during walking and therefore cause severe heel, arch and/or ball of foot pain.
Despite this, thongs do protect the foot from the hot sand of our beautiful beaches and can even prevent the spread of fungal skin or nail infections at a public pool, so use your thongs sparingly. Alternatively, Riverside Podiatry stocks podiatrist-approved thongs at our West Gosford clinic[we have a few of them at Wyong as well]. These thongs offer arch support and have firm fastening and are therefore a better option than regular thongs.