The summer and warm weather in general, is a common time for people to be donning flip flops. Flip-flops are known for being trendy and very summer-friendly, but they also incur the risk of developing hammertoe. This risk can occur since the often-flimsy soles do not provide adequate arch support for your feet.
You can minimize the risk by wearing flip-flops only occasionally and of course selecting footwear that provides good support for your body.
Speaking to a podiatrist like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry helps you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that your feet stay healthy while wearing flip flops.
Flip-Flops and Your Feet
Flip-flops are not only very popular, but very convenient, especially in the warmer weather. They allow your feet to breathe and let you move your toes freely. They also go with most attire and can be worn with many different clothing styles. Unfortunately, these type of shoes also have a disadvantage, as they can cause harm to your feet in more ways than you think. These symptoms include:
- Ball and arch problems in the foot
- Changes to the body’s natural gait
- Ankle Sprains
- Higher risk of infection
- Higher risk of scrapes and cuts to the feet
- Issues in the lower back, legs and ankles
To avoid these symptoms (and minimize your risks), select a pair of flip-flops made of high quality materials that can offer protection. Purchase flip-flops from a reliable manufacturer and be sure to replace them every three to four months. Be sure the soles are firm and not ‘floppy’, or that they don’t bend or wiggle a lot when lifted from the floor.
You can still wear your favorite pair of flip-flops if you so choose, just don’t wear them for extended periods of time, and especially not every day. However, it would be far wiser to purchase a more expensive pair of flip-flops or to refrain from wearing the shoe at all for the sake of your foot health. While these shoes are comfortable, the risks included with wearing them are not.
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Spring Hill, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.
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