By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
August 29, 2013
Category: Foot Care

Flip flops can cause serious problemsExperts warn those who wear flip-flops to start rethinking their choice of footwear before their feet start experiencing the ugly side of pain

 "Everything inyour bodystarts with how you strike your heel to the ground," said Bob Thompson, executive director for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health. "You're taking your five toes and grabbing your shoe to make sure it doesn't slide out," he said. "That action of the toes grabbing the shoe on the toe box is not normal."

Additionally, flip-flops don’t provide good arch support; placing the ankles out of place, eventually causing misalignment with the hips and spine. The open-toed rubber footwear also makes users prone to punctures on the floor from foreign objects.  

Speaking to a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center help you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that your feet stay healthy while wearing flip flops.

Flip-flops are not only very popular, but very convenient, especially in the warmer weather. They allow your feet to breathe and let you move your toes freely. They also go with most attire and can be worn with many different clothing styles. Unfortunately, these type of shoes also have a disadvantage, as they can cause harm to your feet in more ways than you think.  These symptoms include:

  • Ball and arch problems in the foot
  • Changes to the body’s natural gait
  • Blisters
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Higher risk of infection
  • Higher risk of scrapes and cuts to the feet
  • Issues in the lower back, legs and ankles

To avoid these symptoms (and minimize your risks), select a pair of flip-flops made of high quality materials that can offer protection. Purchase flip-flops from a reliable manufacturer and be sure to replace them every three to four months. Be sure the soles are firm and not ‘floppy’, or that they don’t bend or wiggle a lot when lifted from the floor.

To learn more about flip-flops and your feet please follow link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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