Ah . . . the warm weather is finally on its way and with it come bare feet. Sandals have gone from just being worn around the pool, to a warm weather fashion must-have—good, although our feet can take a toll.

The problem, podiatrists say, is that most sandals offer little cushioning and no arch support, forcing wearers into an unnatural gait of increased toe-gripping and foot-slapping.

Possible consequences of wearing sandals without support include:

  • Sore arches and heels, which can progress to chronic conditions such as inflamed Achilles tendons and plantar fasciitis
  • Heel calluses
  • Hammer toes
  • Irritation between toes (from “thong-type”)

How do you avoid these common problems yet still maintain your airy feeling of toe freedom? SOLE sandals and footbeds are great solutions!

SOLE sandals at Sterling Physical Therapy

SOLE currently has platinum sandals with an adjustable arch support that will mold to your unique arch. This support prevents your arches from collapsing, ensuring that your ankles are in a neutral position with each step.

The sandal footbed will mold the more you wear them, and the deep heel cup will help with alignment while you walk. A hidden toe ridge in the sandal provides extra gripping power while you move.

Sandal sizes range from  5-11 (women’s) and 7-14 (men’s) and are available at our clinic in Pella. If we don’t have your size in stock, we will gladly special order for you. The new 2010 colors are expected to arrive at the end of March, so be sure to stop in and check them out.

SOLE custom footbeds to fit your foot

Also, from the SOLE brand—custom footbeds! Just like wearing unsupportive sandals, neglecting to support your feet may cause your joints to fall out of alignment, increasing pain and the chance of injury. SOLE custom footbeds’ orthopedic shape provides customized support for the entire foot and helps prevent arch collapse. Come into Sterling Physical Therapy for an evaluation, and achieve your custom fit with the numerous available styles.

At Sterling, we carry Softec Ultra, Softec Response, and Thin Sport footbed styles.

  • The Softec Ultra is for high volume, loose-fitting footwear and has an extra thick cushioning layer.
  • The Softec Response has a layer of cushioning for improved responsiveness inside medium- to tight-fitting footwear.
  • The Thin Sport offers custom support and control for low volume, tight-fitting footwear.

All SOLE footbeds have a 90-day guarantee, which means if you are not satisfied with your footbeds for any reason, you can return them for replacement or refund.

Talk to our staff about what is right for you

As you prepare for the spring and summer weather, talk to a member of our staff about why a pair of SOLE sandals or custom footbeds would be right for you. Our team can make sure you’re able to get outdoors and have fun without having to worry about foot pain!

Visit our clinic in Pella to learn more about SOLE sandals and custom footbeds. Our staff is glad to walk through the benefits that supportive sandals can have for you and your feet. We will work with you to determine the proper style and fitment.