This time of year flip-flops may seem like the more convenient choice of footwear, but over longer periods of time this proves to be untrue. Due to their extreme lack of support, flip-flops can cause pain in the feet over time. Aside from the straps keeping the shoes on the feet, there is no other form of protection on flip-flops. This allows the lower extremities to become more susceptible to sunburn and fungal infections. Damaged toes, poor posture and heel pain are other issues to consider.
Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any questions concerning the feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assist you with 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.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.