Flip-Flops Are Great By The Pool, But Beware Of The Damage They Can Do To Your Feet.
The summer is in full swing. When the sun comes out, so do the flip flops. They’re comfortable and convenient, making them a staple at the beach. These summer favorites come in all styles and materials, but are flip flops damaging your feet?
Protect Your Soles And Avoid Athlete’s Foot At The Beach
There are some very practical pros to slipping on a pair of flip-flops. They provide the soles of your feet with basic protection from scorching sidewalks and burning sand. They’re also a necessity if you’re washing off after a swim in a public shower because flip-flops can keep athlete’s foot and plantar warts from spreading.
Over-Use Can Cause Foot Pain And Increased Chances Of Foot Injury
Overuse of flip-flops can lead to negative health consequences. Flip flops should not be worn on an everyday basis or for activities that involve extended periods on your feet. The lack of heel cushion and arch support can cause foot pain. Flip flops also do a very bad job of absorbing shock, which means your foot is vulnerable to tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and even stress fractures.
The lack of support has a ripple effect on the rest of the body. Without support, the arch and heel of the foot become overworked and other muscles try to compensate. This can cause knee damage and back pain.
The likelihood of injury increases if you decide to join in on a game of badminton without flipping off those flip flops. Sports and flip flops do not mix. Common injuries from this mix include sprained ankles, ligament damage requiring surgical repair, and broken bones.
Flip flops are too often seen as a substitute for real shoes. Doing yardwork in flip-flops is also dangerous undertaking. A rogue weed whacker, or temperamental lawn mower can easily injure feet.
How To Keep Your Feet Both Safe And Cool During Warm Weather
That’s a lot of doom and gloom for one of summer’s most popular shoes, but there are steps you can take to keep your feet safe and cool in warm weather.
- Only wear flip flops for short periods of time and on flat surfaces.
- Look for flip flops that offer arch support and deep heel cups to increase the stability of your feet.
- Invest in a pair of good quality sandals that have multiple straps to support your ankle, cushioned soles for comfort, and arch support for pain prevention.
- Keep a pair of alternative (and supportive) shoes on hand if a game of backyard soccer kicks off.
Want To Make Sure Your Feet Are In Top-Notch Condition For Summer Fun?
Visit us at Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. We have offices located in Kirkland, Everett and Renton. Have you already experienced a flip flop related injury? Or maybe you’re experiencing pain from summer footwear? Our skilled podiatrists are experienced and respected medical experts who are here to provide the best care possible. Give us a call at (425) 678-3877 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, or visit our contact page to get in touch.