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The Peril of Flip Flops

When it’s warmer, it’s like that you ditch the shoes and boots in favour of lighter options. Flip flops are always a firm favourite, but are you aware of the damage that they can cause to your feet?

Women especially are guilty of thinking that flip flops are a safer alternative to heels, but this is unfortunately not the case, as flip-flops can cause your foot to strain in order to keep them in place.

Gripping with your toes to keep flip flops on causes a lot of tension and pressure through your toes and arches. This can lead to straining of tendons and ligaments and cause conditions such as plantar fasciitis; inflammation of the tendons that stretch from the ball of your foot to your heel.”

Research has also shown that, as a flip flop wearer, you probably do not bring your toes up as much during your leg’s swing phase, resulting in a larger ankle angle and shorter stride length. This repeated motion can result in problems from your feet up into your hips.

If you’re a flip flop wearer, you may also experience shin splints. Shin splints is an acute pain in the front of the lower leg. Due to thin soles and a lack of arch support, you may find that you suffer with an excessive rolling in of your foot, otherwise known as over-pronation. This leads to increased pressure on your shins an increased risk of ankle sprains.

The most foot-friendly type of shoe for women would be those with a small heel, preferably one-and-a-half inches high. For men, look for a slightly wedge-shaped sole. This helps to avoid straining your calf, which can occur in shoes that are too flat.

Wearing shoes with more secure straps is also good idea. Flip flops can easily fold under your foot or get caught in the ground, creating a trip hazard. For these reasons, it’s considered dangerous to drive wearing this flimsy style of shoe.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms that we’ve described, don’t hesitate an appointment.  We can help you correct the issue.

If you know any other flip flop wearers, save them some pain and share this article with them.


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