As the weather starts to get warmer, many individuals throughout the country will begin wearing flip-flops. Although this kind of footwear is fashionable for the incoming summer weather, it can also pose several health risks to your feet. Specifically, flip-flops have a retainer between the big and second toe. As a result, sometimes individuals may develop blisters or a sore in this area due to rubbing and friction. To mitigate this, an individual could consider opting for flip-flops made of fabric rather than plastic. More importantly, people should choose footwear besides flip-flops, such as a supportive pair of sandals. If you are someone that enjoys wearing flip-flops and experiences blisters between the big and second toe, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist.
Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Jordan Baker, DPM from Best Foot Forward Surgical Podiatry. 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; they're 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 regularly 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
I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?
When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that 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.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Florence, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.