New Research on Flip Flops Conclude Zero Support for Your Feet

A recent study from CBS news on flip flops, which are notoriously criticized for being detrimental to foot health, explains when it is appropriate to wear the shoes as well as when they are least damaging to feet. People who have “balanced” feet, or normal arches, do not have to shy away from flip flops, as long as they wear them appropriately, such as for light walking as opposed to playing sports in them.

Speaking to a podiatrist, like Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry, will help you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that your feet stay healthy while wearing flip flops.

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
· 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 are made of high quality materials that provide support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too. Replacing your flip-flops every 3-4 months is suggested to provide maximum support and protection for your feet. Also, avoid wearing flip-flops daily, or for extended periods of time.

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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