Often when you think of summer, you think of lounging at the pool or the beach, biting into a snow cone or a big juicy watermelon, and maybe watching a Fourth of July parade with your family. In these scenarios, you probably picture yourself wearing a tank top, shorts, and flip-flops. Flip-flop shoes might seem like such an iconic, perfect summer shoe. They’re easy to slip on and off and they’re a dime a dozen at some stores, plus they come in so many colorful patterns that can help you display your personal taste!
They’re definitely a fun shoe! But unfortunately, they might not be the best shoes for your feet. While they do protect the bottoms of your feet, they don’t offer much-needed arch support. Below you’ll find some reasons to flip your flip-flops right off:
- People wear them perpetually. Often, people treat flip-flops as their daily shoe, leaving their feet unsupported day-in and day-out. A flat piece of rubber under your feet does not offer the support that your arches need, which can lead to podiatric issues like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. They’re great pool-wear, but keeping them on every day can be bad news.
- They leave your feet open and vulnerable. Cuts, scrapes, burns, bruises, and even pesky mosquito bites can affect the nearly 75% of your foot that is left open when wearing flip-flops.
- They make your toes work too much. Your toes have to unnaturally bend to grip the rubber base to keep it under your feet. Too much of this can lead to hammertoe.
- They’re unsafe to drive in. Studies have proven that foot movement time is longer from the gas to the brake if the driver is wearing flip-flops. Plus, a flip-flop could get caught under a pedal and prevent you from pressing the brakes! This greatly increases the risk of car accident.
If you just recently bought a fancy new pair of flip-flops, don’t let this dishearten you! You should wear them in moderation – show them off at the beach or by the pool; just don’t make them your regular shoe. If you do hurt yourself while wearing flip-flops, we’re here for you. The professionals at Connecticut Foot Care Centers are knowledgeable and professional, and can get you on the path to great foot health. Click here to schedule an appointment or call one of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices today!