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Potential Problems Caused by Flip-Flops

Monday, 13 July 2020 00:00

While flip-flops are commonly worn in the summer, over-wearing them can cause potential problems for the feet. Due to the lack of support flip-flops provide, the toes often over-grip the shoe, which can lead to multiple foot conditions. This over-gripping can cause tendonitis to occur and can potentially make existing bunions or hammertoes worse. The strain of the grip can also lead to irritating the plantar fascia and may cause the ailment known as plantar fasciitis. The lack of support from flip-flops can also lead to a higher potential of an ankle sprain. Since there are so many risks involved, it is important to find a flip-flop that is supportive by having thicker straps and soles, as well as an arch support. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain due to your flip-flops, it is important that you consult with a podiatrist for proper care and different ways to implement preventative measures.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Bruce Smit from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor 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; they're 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 regularly 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
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • 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 that 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 one of our offices located in Frankfort, and Crete, IL.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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