Popular Sandals Causing Foot Problem in Men?

6/12/2007

Wrong sandal can cause heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, other ailments


Media contact: Melissa Matusek
(773) 693-9300, ext. 1306
melissa.matusek@acfas.org

CHICAGO--Footwear has come a long way since Roman armies conquered an empire wearing only sandals on their feet. But what’s old is new again. The market research firm NPD Group reports that sales of men’s sandals grew 20 percent between 2005 and 2007.

Along with the growing popularity of men’s sandals come more aches and pains for male feet. Doctors with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) say the wrong sandal could cause problems including heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, pain in the big toe and even breaks and stress fractures in some of the foot's 26 bones.

The surgeons group recommends men shopping for a man sandal – or “mandal” as some people call it – look for a sturdy, cushioned, supportive sole and padded straps. Men with diabetes should consult their foot and ankle surgeon before wearing sandals. Despite what many men may tell themselves, foot pain is not normal.

For information on foot and ankle conditions, or to locate a foot and ankle surgeon, visit the ACFAS consumer Web site FootHealthFacts.org.

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