Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Open-toed shoes, such as flip-flops, are available in a variety of colors and styles and are easy to slip on and off. The feet can endure many unwanted conditions, and many people feel better mentally when flip-flops are worn. This feeling may change if the toes and arch begin to ache when this type of shoe is frequently worn. This can be a result of a lack of arch support, in addition to the toes gripping the front of the shoe to keep it on the foot. Research has indicated the entire body is affected by how the heel strikes the ground, and this may negatively affect flip-flop wearers. Despite the fact that they are best when worn poolside or to the beach, many people will wear them as everyday shoes while running errands and completing daily activities. This may lead to foot injuries concerning the heel, toes, and Achilles tendon. If you have concerns about the pros and cons of wearing flip-flops, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively address any questions you may have.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons . Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Hastings, Hebron, Red Cloud, Gretna, York, Sutton, and Grand Island, NE .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

A blister is the body’s natural defense against skin that has become injured or burned. It appears like a small bubble that is filled with liquid and acts as a protective barrier between the skin and the environment until new skin has formed underneath it. Blisters develop for various reasons, including excess friction that happens from wearing shoes and socks that don't fit correctly, in addition to an allergic reaction from an insect bite. Some people have medical conditions that may produce blisters, including eczema and psoriasis. Possible infection may be avoided when the blister is not prematurely popped. The blister will gradually drain when the area is healed, and the skin will be a light pink until it returns to its normal color. It is advised that you consult with a podiatrist if you are afflicted with continuous blisters, who can advise you on what types of shoes to buy, or what you may be allergic to.  

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Hastings, Hebron, Red Cloud, Gretna, York, Sutton, and Grand Island, NE . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 11 November 2022 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

People who have flat feet generally have weakened foot muscles. This does not necessarily mean that flat-footed people should refrain from running. Foot strength can be improved so running can become enjoyable and this may include wearing shoes that have little support. The purpose of wearing minimalist shoes may enable feet to work hard and stay strong, thus enhancing foot strength. Additionally, this may help to improve ankle stability, gait, and ease of running. It is beneficial to perform specific stretches that can help patients who have flat feet. These include exercises that can help the entire body to have improved mobility and flexibility, as well as a strong core. If you have flat feet and enjoy running, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can help you with the correct stretches to perform for maximum running enjoyment.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Platte River Foot and Ankle Surgeons . Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Hastings, Hebron, Red Cloud, Gretna, York, Sutton, and Grand Island, NE . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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