With summer weather now in our midst, flip-flops are now a popular choice in footwear. Experts press, however, that flip-flops should be saved for the beach, pool, spa, and shared showers—places where the bare feet should not touch the ground. Experts share ten reasons why flip-flops should be avoided: they expose the feet to bacteria, they slow down the feet, they make walking clumsy, they destroy the heels, they can damage the toes, they mess with posture, they cause shooting pains, they can worsen bunions, and they can be made of toxic materials.
Wearing the wrong pair of flip-flops can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to one of our podiatrists from Associated Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors 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
- Cuts and Scrapes
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Boca Raton and Margate, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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