Occasionally wearing flip-flops is not generally a cause for alarm. In
fact, podiatrists generally recommend wearing this classic summertime
footwear while in a public pool, locker room, and shower areas to guard
against fungal infections. But regular use of unsupportive sandals can lead
painful foot and ankle problems. In some cases, flip-flop devotees may even require
emergency care for certain injuries such as ankle sprains. If you do suffer
a foot or ankle injury this summer, the emergency care physicians of Regional
Medical Center of San Jose are here to help.
Sandals and other popular summertime footwear offer little to no support
for your feet and ankles. This means that you’re at an
increased risk of twisting your ankle, especially if you run or jump while wearing your flip-flops. The twisting
motion can result in a sprained ankle, which refers to a stretching or
tearing injury of the ligament. Most ankle sprains are successfully treated
with conservative therapy, which includes rest, cold therapy, compression,
and elevation, followed by physical therapy and the use of a walking boot.
Open-toed sandals leave your feet vulnerable to toe injuries. In minor
cases, this might involve stubbing the toes on a hard object. In severe
cases, broken toes can result. After confirming the fracture with X-rays,
the emergency care doctor might immobilize a broken toe by taping it to
the adjacent toe. You might also need to wear a special shoe or walking
cast. In more severe cases, patients with broken toes require surgery.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that can develop when a person
walks with unsupportive footwear such as flip-flops. This condition involves
the inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that
connects the toes to the heel bone. It results in a sharp pain of the
heel when weight is placed on the foot. Plantar fasciitis is usually treatable
with orthotics, night splints, and physical therapy.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose brings together leading specialists in orthopedic medicine and rehabilitation
care to get you back on your feet after an injury. Families throughout
the San Jose area can rely on our community hospital for exceptional emergency
care, heart health services, stroke care, and robotic surgery. Our Consult-A-Nurse
line is available at (888) 762-8881 for general information about our
lines of service.