Long-Term Flip-Flop Wear has Detrimental Effects

By gary@midiabeticfootcenter.com
June 30, 2014
Category: Foot Care

The continual wear of flip-flops has adverse effects, according to Allison Walker of Siouxland Matters. The conditions at risk for development include heel pain and ankle injuries from slipping. “Another concern,” adds local Dr. Valerie Tallerico, “is tendonitis or capsulitis of their digits, even in the future, hammertoe deformities.”

For optimal support and protection against such conditions, flip-flops with proper foot support are your best bet. Mike Pape of Rudolph’s Shoe Mart says, “There are different types of what they call orthotics or foot beds that are in the various shoes and sandals . . . Now there’s all the different components that go into making the different arches.”

The best flip-flops are ones that provide your feet with a stable foundation to walk on. If you have questions, see podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will provide you with quality foot and ankle care.

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
-Blisters
-Infections
-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; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices, located in SaginaworEssexville, MI.  We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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