Feeling casual these days? you may be apt to choose that cheap rubberish sandal known as the flip flop. While they inexpensive and quick to throw on it turns out they may also be dangerous. Foot health is vital for comfort and well being. So let’s take a look at flips and see just how bad your health they may be.
For one thing the sheer design of flip flops can be a problem. When you have on shoes where the whole top of your foot is exposed that can lead to problems. One could run the risk of dropping an object on your foot which could lead to broken bones. If your foot were to get accidentally run over wearing flip flops you can also suffer injuries. The part of the shoe that goes between you big and second toe can sometimes rub causing irritation such as redness and blisters.
Another issue is the lack of support that flip flops have. In order to be as pain free as possible we need to have healthy support of our feet. Because they are flat in nature, flips flops do not do a great job supporting our arches. This can lead to intense pain in the ball of the foot. Another problem is the lack of support flip flops provide to your toes, ankles, knees and hips. Poor foot support can lead to joint pain and in some cases even stress fractures. Whether we are aware of it or not we move differently in flip flops than we would in other kinds of shoes. Also, chronic heel pain can be reported with repeated use. Dr. Mike O’Neil a foot surgeon in England told the UK’s daily mail that they are “dangerous”. He also says: “they are a known cause of shin spits, fractures, and twisted ankles.”
We are busy people and are continually on our feet. In fact according the American Podiatric Medical Association the average American will take between 8 and 10,000 steps a day. That is a lot of time on our feet so comfort should remain a priority. However, comfort should not come at a cost. The APMA also tells us that 75% of Americans will have problems with their feet in their lifetime. One of the best ways you can prevent the pain, and financial burden that comes with injury is to wear proper fitting shoes. Flip flops are fine in very small doses. Limit them to the beach and make sure you enjoy your summer with the support of proper shoes.