Sandals are shoes for men, and for women, sandals are the perfect footwear for running, jogging, hiking, yoga, and swimming.
According to new research from the University of Arizona, men’s and women’s sandals have been shown to be equally effective at increasing the number of steps, which can lead to healthier joints and lower risk of arthritis.
The study was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Therapeutics.
“This research shows that sandals can be worn to improve the health and function of the feet, while also promoting a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Michael Sperling, director of the UA Sports and Exercise Laboratory.
“The findings also support a causal relationship between the use of sandals and running and exercise, as well as a positive effect on joint health.”
Dr. Spering said the research shows the benefits of sandal use to be similar to the benefits that running shoes offer.
The research also looked at the health benefits of wearing sandals to the ankles and calves.
“We found that, in women, the benefits to ankle health and health-related outcomes are similar to running shoes,” Dr. David Schmaltz, director for physical activity at the UA Sport Center, said.
“In fact, our findings suggest that women wearing sandal-clad shoes can improve their health by increasing flexibility in the ankle joint, improving foot health and quality of life, and reducing their risk of knee, ankle, and hip pain.”
Dr Sperting said the study also found that women who wear sandals were more likely to be in good health overall, and more likely than men to experience a reduction in risk factors such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and high blood pressure.
The UA Sports Center has partnered with the UA Health and Wellness Center, which was founded to support women in their health care needs.
The University of Georgia and the University at Albany collaborated on the study.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Academy for Family Medicine also participated in the study and provide financial support.
The findings have important implications for the public health, the health care industry, and the community, said Dr Schmapler.
“When we think about the public, we think of people with chronic conditions like osteoarthritis and arthritis.
But, people who wear their sandals as well can be the ones who are having a better quality of their life,” Dr Sbobel said.
The results also support the idea that sandal wearing is a safe and effective way to improve health, said Sharlene Johnson, associate director of UA Sports, who is the principal investigator of the research.
“While the findings do not mean that sandaling is the best way to protect your health, it does show that this type of footwear can help prevent chronic diseases, which is important because it improves health in people with all types of conditions.”
For more information about the study, please contact Dr. Schmashl at 860-542-3721 or [email protected]