While they are often blamed for exacerbating certain women’s foot conditions, high heels are not the only type of footwear that creates issues. Flats and flip-flops, according to the Cleveland Clinic, have been known to aggravate and irritate foot conditions such as Achilles tendonitis, metatarsalgia, and plantar fasciitis.
Flip-flops in particular should not be worn daily and should be saved for the beach, while flats should have room for an insole and come with built-in arch support. Flats or flip-flops force the body to change the way it supports itself and should therefore not be worn regularly to prevent putting extra strain on the muscles of the legs and feet.
Wearing the wrong pair of flip-flops can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to one of our podiatrists from Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. 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 Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.