Women's Health
Sandal Feet Fixes
May 24, 2014 - 2:40:25 PM

Dreaming of the right to spend the summer in flip flops?

( - If the idea of baring your toes makes you think twice, rethink how you treat your feet. Women tend to be very hard on their feet, from squeezing them into torturously high heels and narrow points to pounding the pavement in shoes that lack the proper arch support. Years of trekking can give you pain, and leave your feet in no shape to be seen. When a paraffin pedicure simply isn't enough, there are options to alleviate the discomfort of bearing your not-quite-ready-for-the-beach feet.

Common complaints are bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, according to New York City podiatrist, Krista Archer, DPM. She restores the cushions to the bottom of feet to make wearing heels so much more comfortable. "Scultpra® Aesthetic is placed primarily in the balls of the feet where fat has been lost to restore padding and reduce pain. Sculptra induces collagen to grow, and results can last for more than one year. , Sometimes I also use Juvederm® for corns on the tops of the toes."

Hammertoes can cause your smaller toes to bend inward and downward, due to a muscle or tendon imbalance. This also increases your likelihood of developing corns because the toes don't sit flat, and may rub against the roof of your shoes. Shoes that tend to rub against or place pressure on skin can cause corns or calluses. Corns show up on your toes, while calluses form on your heels. Corticosteroid injections can be administered to ease inflammation and pain.

Over-the-counter remedies, such as non-medicated pads, can offer some temporary relief.  A great pedicure can remove the corns and calluses and smooth down the skin to get your feet in better shape, and you can do it yourself every one or two weeks for maintenance.

Strappy sandals and moisture are a bad combination, causing feet to shift, and skin to become chafed and irritated. Baby powder or medicated powder can help keep your feet dry and fend off slipping and sliding. If you tend to perspire excessively, try a scented powder or an odor absorbing variety. Avoid wearing shoes that are too loose so your feet don't slosh around in a pool of sweat and stretch them out further. Flimsy sandals, rubber flip flops, and cheap shoes that offer no support are not meant for city wear and walking over concrete, pot holes, and sidewalk cracks.

If foot surgery is necessary, a podiatrist can correct the root of the problem by fixing the bone that pushes against the skin and causes it to rub against shoes. Buy shoes that fit your feet, rather than make your feet fit the shoes you want to wear.

If your nails are thick or greenish yellow, that may be a sign of nail fungus. Dr. Archer uses the painless Syneron CoolBreeze CT3 Cooltouch Laser that treats discolored, thickened, fungal toenails in just two minutes per nail.

Despite popular belief, shoes don't cause bunions or hammertoes, but they can be an uncomfortable trigger to indicate that you have them. A bunionectomy can be performed to shift the first metatarsal bone that causes pressure on the side of the foot and leads to developing a bunion.

If you have persistent foot pain, or find yourself limping occasionally, go see a podiatrist.


Wendy Lewis is President of Wendy Lewis & Co Ltd Global Aesthetics Consultancy, author of 11 books and Founder/Editor in Chief of


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