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Dr. Lee E. Firestone discusses reasons to avoid flip-flops this summer

Dr. Lee E. Firestone (DC-K and Chevy Chase locations) was recently featured in an article about the damage flip-flops can cause after extensive wear.  As the “unofficial footwear of summer,” these shoes provide very little support or protection.  Dr. Firestone says that “these flimsy minimalist sandals leave the toes especially exposed to injury” and “they don’t provide much in the way of support, leaving those who wear them on a regular basis more prone to problems like Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis – the most common cause of heel pain.”

“I find that people come in on Monday morning with a toenail that is half on and half off because they have caught it on something over the weekend,” he says, adding “they have layers of tape and band-aids holding the toenail in place, with a level of desperation on their faces.”

Instead, Dr. Firestone recommends American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)-approved sandal brands Vionic and Naot to his patients, which provide solid support and comfort.

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Dr. Lee E. Firestone is a native of New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his surgical residency training at The Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, where he served as chief resident in Podiatric Surgery.
Dr. Firestone is Board-Certified in Foot Surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He has privileges at The Massachusetts Avenue Surgical Center, Medstar Surgical Center, Sibley Memorial Hospital and The Washington Hospital Center.
Dr. Firestone was recognized by his peers and colleagues in the ‘Washingtonian Magazine’ as one of DC’s top sports medicine providers (2010) and as a top DC Podiatrist (2012). He was also recognized by his fellow runners as best doctor by ‘Run Washington Magazine’ (2013).
Dr. Firestone is an avid runner, and competes in many local and regional races, including the Boston Marathon. He works extensively with runners, and is proud to be a member of the Montgomery County Road Runners Club.  Dr. Firestone has been in practice since 1994.