By Lee Roy Webster
According to the Podology Center foot health problems are still a major
problem in Thailand as Thai people believe the foot is the lowest part of the
body they do not take care of their feet. This belief has been copied by many
expatriates who only care for their feet when they start to have pain.
Many painful foot problems are caused by wearing flip flops the Podology Center
has learned and have started a campaign to convince people to wear other shoes
as flip flops offer no protection on roads or during the rainy season from
fungus and dirty water.
Also, according to the Podology Center, ingrown toenails are often responsible
for ingrown toenails, the Hallux Valgus or Bunion foot deformity, Plantar
fasciitis, flat foot, corns, foreign bodies in the feet, Neuropathy (feeling
problems), and hard skin, callus as well as cracked heels. Flip flop wearers may
also spread fungus and other foot diseases when stepping into a puddle of water,
releasing the fungus into the water, the Podology Center believes.
If it is really necessary to wear open shoes, the Podology Center advices to
wear those, which have no “band” between the first and second toe; this makes
the whole body weight move to two toes and the whole walking is changed.
Many people also believe that going barefoot is healthy however, the opposite is
the case. If a person must wear open shoes it is advised to at least wear socks
to help prevent some of the problems and infections that can occur after bumps,
scratches and foreign bodies.