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Flip Flops Can Be Fashionable but Harmful

Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

As the weather gets warmer and the summer season reaches its full stride, many individuals will slip on a pair of casual and seasonable flip-flops. Although flip-flops may seem like the perfect fashion statement for beach days and fun summer outings, wearing this kind of shoe for prolonged periods can yield detrimental consequences. Since one must constantly clench or tighten the toes to keep flip-flops from sliding off of the feet, wearing these shoes can negatively impact muscles in the feet and calves. Such muscular problems might even result in plantar fasciitis, causing pointed pains in the heels during physical activity such as running. Flip-flop use can create serious problems in other areas of the body including the knees. Experts recommend that flip-flops be worn for walking no more than relatively short distances. If one needs to walk more than this distance, a sandal with straps around the entire foot might prove to be a better option. Such sandals do not make the toes tighten to keep the shoe on the foot in the same way that flip-flops do. Regardless of the summer shoe you prefer, you might consider consulting with your podiatrist to ensure that your footwear choices are setting your feet up for success.


 

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Jeannette Velazquez, DPM from Bare Foot Care Specialist. Our doctor 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 office located in Flowery Branch, GA .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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