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Have you noticed that your heels are hurting more this summer or that you have pain in the arch of your foot? At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, our next question would be: “How much time are you spending in flip-flops?” These popular summer shoes are easy to slip on and the favorites of many patients, but flip-flops were never designed for all-day, everyday wear.
Why They Flop
Part of what attracts people to flip-flops is precisely their primary shortcoming: there’s nothing there. While you may enjoy the freedom that having very little material on or around your foot brings, it also leaves your foot vulnerable to a host of foot and ankle problems.
- No arch support—when your foot hits the ground flat with each step, it puts a strain on the long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, the plantar fascia. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed from an excessive amount of time wearing flip-flops, you develop plantar fasciitis and your arch and heel can begin to hurt quite badly. Good arch support is essential for avoiding foot pain.
- Lack of cushioning—traditional flip-flops have only a thin layer of rubber between the bottom of your foot and the surface you’re walking on. This means a lack of shock absorption and leads to pain in the ball and heel of your foot.
- No protection—because there is no footbed or material surrounding your foot, it is nearly impossible for your foot to stay in place. Flip-flop wearers have a high risk of ankle sprains. The opportunity for cuts, scrapes and toe stubs is also greatly increased.
The Flip Side
The one scenario where flip-flops are an appropriate shoe choice is at the pool, lake or ocean. Worn briefly in these settings, flip-flops can help prevent fungal infections like athlete’s foot and protect your feet from burns as you go from the parking area to your beach blanket.
If you are unwilling to give up your flip-flops, look for manufacturers that are adding support and other features to address common flip-flop flaws. If you are experiencing foot pain or would like shoe recommendations, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices today and talk to our podiatrists Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. or Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M.
Although flip flops can be worn on many different occasions, they may not necessarily be the best type of footwear out there for your feet. Flip flops are open-toed, meaning they do not protect your feet completely, and according to WebMD, “they offer no arch support and could potentially cause a sprained ankle.” The best option is to invest in a sturdy pair of flip flops if they’re your go to shoes. Flip flops made from leather material are sturdy and offer comfort.
Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatristsof Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.
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 our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.