Flip-flops are often selected as footwear on impulse, with shoppers choosing a pair that appears to look good or feel comfortable. According to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Pradeep Moonot, however, “This ignorance is enough to lead to problems in the feet that could cost one dearly.” Hammertoes, heel pain, and ankle pain are just some of the problems wearing the wrong pair of flip-flops can lead to. When shopping for flip-flops, be sure to check the straps, choose the right heel height, check the sole and select the right sole design.
Leather is a great material for flip-flops, as leather is less likely to cause blisters or other irritation. The foot should not hang off of the edge of the flip-flop, and when worn, about a ½ inch of the sole should be seen all around the foot.
Wearing the wrong pair of flip-flops can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Our doctor 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 our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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