Flip-Flops can cause Heel Pain

Y:Clearwater MarketingPodiatry Content ConnectionPCC Stock Photosflip-flops.jpgIt is no secret that flip-flops are not the best choice of footwear for your feet. Flip-flops often cause a great deal of heel pain for those that wear them for an extended period of time. Teens are a group that usually doesn’t suffer from foot problems such as heel pain. However, as flip-flops and sandals have increased in popularity, more teenagers have been suffering from feet issues. If you choose to wear sandals, it is recommended that you select a pair that has strong soles and good arch support. Although sandals with thicker soles may not be stylish, is it important to wear them in order to avoid getting plantar fasciitis.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles contact Dr. LeKeisha George from Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care. Dr. George 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, 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
  • 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 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 contact our offices located in Forest Hills, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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LeKeisha Y. George, DPM, Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care, 71-11 110th Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375 718-520-8811