Ronnie McCuaig completes West Highland Way Trail in Flip Flops celebrate his victory over prostate cancer, Dumbarton’s Ronnie McCuaig decided to hike the 96-mile-long West Highland Way. The day of his trek, however, McCuaig cut himself while trimming his toenails, causing an infection and a consequential amount of unbearable pain. The occurrence made wearing hiking boots for the trek out of the question; the hiker therefore decided to wear sneakers. Unfortunately, this set of footwear was also deemed unwearable after getting soaked in a rainstorm. After the first 42 miles, he changed into a pair of flip flops, the only other pair of shoes he had, and wore them to the end of the trail. McCuaig plans to wear flip flops for the entire trek when he attempts to hike the West Highland Way again next year.

Wearing flip flops while walking long distances can detrimentally affect the foot. If you are seeking treatment for flip flop-related injuries, see Dr. Charles Chapel of Chapel Podiatry. Dr. Chapel can provide you with quality treatment and answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

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 will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

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