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Avoid a beach blunder this summer by addressing your footwear woes:
Wedges and Espadrilles PROBLEM: ankle twist or sprain; instability and difficulty walking SOLUTION: try a wider, flatter wedge; look for a rubber sole with good traction
Peep-Toe Sandals PROBLEM: increased pressure on toes; bunions and hammer toes SOLUTION: wear only for short periods of time; use an APMA-accepted insert
Flats and Slides PROBLEM: arch and heel pain; inadequate cushioning and foot support SOLUTION: avoid prolonged wear; try cushioned inserts for shock absorption; select a sole that doesn't twist excessively
Platforms and High Heels PROBLEM: pain in the ball of the foot and ankle injuries SOLUTION: wear lower, more stable heels (less than two inches); use an APMA-accepted insert
Gladiator and Strappy Sandals PROBLEM: irritation between toes; callus and dead skin build-up around the heels; lack of support and shock absorption SOLUTION: select natural materials such a soft, supple leather; ensure proper fit with no toes or heels hanging offthe edge