Kayleigh Johnston, an energetic eighth grader enjoys wearing flip flops daily saying they are fun and easy to put on your feet.
“I like them because they are easy to put on and you don’t have to tie them. They are nice to wear on a hot day,” she said.
Nevertheless, these soft sole shoes serve no support to your feet and are actually quite damaging to them. With nothing around the toes, heel or ankle, your feet are very disposed to developing heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and toe pain.
Additionally flip flops can lead to a condition known as pronation which creates extra movement in the bones of the feet. This can lead to foot arch collapse and arthritis in the feet at an early age. A surprising consequence of wearing flip flops is the risk of developing foot skin cancer. During the summer, constant exposure of sun on your feet is bad for the skin. You should apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to your feet every time you wear flip flops to protect your skin.
Speaking to a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A will help you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that your feet stay healthy while wearing flip flops.
Flip-Flops and Feet
How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?
· Ankle problems
· Hip problems
· Lower back problems
· Changes in the way you walk
Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?
· 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; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too. Replacing your flip-flops every 3-4 months is suggested to provide maximum support and protection for your feet.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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