The sounds of
back to school season include the ringing of school bells and cash registers,
the slamming of locker doors, the noisy ruckus of school hallways and
cafeterias, and the moans and groans of students over tests, homework,
relationships, and increasingly, their aching feet.
Flip-flops are the
summer footwear of choice for many students. But while these sandals are
inexpensive and stylish, they don't cushion or support the foot, leading to
problems. After wearing flip-flops all summer, some students will head back to
school this fall with foot pain and even injuries. The American College of Foot
and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) reminds parents and students that foot pain isn't
normal and can be reduced or eliminated.
People often don't realize that
even into your mid-teens, there's new bone growing in your heel. Flip-flops
don't cushion the heel, so repetitive stress from walking can inflame that heel
bone growth area and cause pain and tenderness.
Heel pain and arch pain
rank among the most common complaints among students who wear flip-flops. Other
flip-flop feet problems students can take back to school include inflammation of
the Achilles tendon, painful pinched nerves, sprained ankles, broken or sprained
toes, cuts and scrapes, plantar warts, Athlete's foot, and callus build-up on
the heels and toes.
Foot and ankle surgeons can usually reduce or
eliminate students' foot pain with simple treatment methods including stretching
exercises, ice massage, anti-inflammatory medications, and custom or
over-the-counter shoe inserts.
Back to school season will always be
painful for some students, but it doesn't need to involve foot pain. For more
information on foot and ankle health conditions and to locate an ACFAS foot and
ankle surgeon in your area, visit FootHealthFacts.org and Like us on Facebook at
Foot Health Facts and Twitter at @FootHealthFacts.