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By drjenniferz@clevelandfootdoctors.com
September 03, 2013
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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.

People may not 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, Ankle Sprain, broken or sprained toes, cuts and scrapes, plantar Warts, Athlete's Foot (tinea pedis) and Calluses  build-up on the heels and toes.

Simple treatment methods can be done to reduce or eliminate students’ foot pain. These include stretching exercises, ice massage, anti-inflammatory medications and custom and/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. If you or your child is suffering from foot pain please give 1 of Our Offices a call and set-up a consultation.

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