Flip-flops, despite their usefulness around the pool, should not be worn on pavement or while playing sports, reports Dr. Melissa Leber, assistant professor of orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine. “No one should be running in flip-flops,” she commented. “Noting faster than a walk.”
Twisted ankles are often a result of the wearing of flip-flops due to their lack of support. In toddlers or growing children, twisted ankles can create mild fractures because of their weaker growth plates and bones. Many patients with broken toes and damaged toenails have seen Dr. Leber after falling on stairs or tripping on curbs while wearing flip-flops.
While many praise flip-flops for their comfort, the long-term effects of flip-flops can be detrimental. For more information about the effects of flip-flops, consult with podiatrist Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will attend to 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
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.
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