Having properly-fitting footwear with sufficient arch support is important in preventing foot conditions like heel pain or a foot disorder such as flat feet. Flat footwear such as flip flops spread the feet and stretch out the tissues, which can lead to plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes heel pain. Opt for sandals or flip flops that offer arch support, as it won’t alter your natural gait.
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, 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 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
- 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 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 concerns about your feet, contact our office located in Forest Hills, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.