Although flip flops are considered a popular type of footwear, they can also lead to various foot problems. “One study in the United States in 2014 found that of the 198,427 emergency room visits due to shoe-related injuries, 25,300 were associated with flip-flops.” Flip-flops do not offer proper support for your feet, and they require your feet to work overtime to compensate for the lack of toe, heel, arch, and ankle support. Flip-flops can also lead to the forming of blisters with the constant rubbing of the straps against your toes, as well as they do not properly protect your feet.
Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any questions concerning the feet, see one of our podiatrists of Complete Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related 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
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 in Ridgewood and Rutherford, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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