Keep Feet Healthy This Summer With a Better Flip-Flop

June 2, 2009

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., June 2 /PRNewswire/ — Flip-flops are synonymous with summer and as the June solstice marks the official first day of this long-awaited season, its time to bare feet to the rest of the world. But this summer icon has gotten a bad rap lately with studies showing flip-flops are responsible for altering gait to the point of creating aches and pains all over the body.

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What if there was a pair of flip-flops that actually improved foot health and overall body alignment? Yoga Sandals(R), featured at www.yogasandals.com, are “A Better Flip-Flop” according to Prevention Magazine.

Tested and approved by the National Health and Wellness Club, Yoga Sandals(R) differ from traditional flip-flops as they have four toe separators that provide a natural alignment of the 26 bones and hundreds of muscles in each foot allowing them to work in freedom while providing firm heel support, offering more than just a healthier alternative to the traditional flip-flop.

A study by Auburn University biomechanics researchers found that flip-flop wearers take shorter steps and tend to clench toes together to keep them on, creating a higher risk of muscle and joint pain in the feet, ankles, knees, legs and back. Yoga Sandals(R) counteract this issue as the toe separators keep them secure while the sloping sole provides firm heel support and in-step relief, aiding in better posture and balance by enforcing a basic principle of yoga; spreading toes for grounding to achieve optimal body alignment.

“I have used the Beech Sandal for painful feet with very good results. Patients reported that the sandals allowed them to walk and stand with less pain,” says Dr. Claudio Carvalho, DO, MS, an osteopathic physician who treats patients with musculoskeletal and joint pains from injuries or degenerative diseases such as arthritis. “The toe spacers assist with weight bearing while standing static and during rolling-over phase while walking, assisting the distribution of the force loads over the metatarsophalangeal joints, and it may re-educate the neuromuscular system to better stabilize those joints, thus decreasing pain,” he states.

Celebrate summer, starting with National Flip-Flop Day, by wearing Yoga Sandals(R) by Beech Sandal Company. Available in a variety of styles and colors including a unisex model in larger sizes for men and value priced from $28-43.00, Yoga Sandals(R) will keep feet (and more) healthy this summer.

SOURCE Beech Sandal Company

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