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Problems Caused by Wearing Flip Flops

Despite their popularity for easy slip-on wear and breathability, flip flops may be detrimental to your foot health. Although flip flops might appear ideal for warm weather, they lack the necessary support and stability for everyday use. Blisters can develop due to friction between toes and straps, particularly when moisture is present. Heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis, often arises from the absence of adequate arch support, resulting in excessive stretching of ligaments. Also, the design of flip flops increases the risk of sprained ankles over time. Walking in flip flops can cause shin splints due to overworked leg muscles. While wearing flip flops suffice for light activities, such as trips to the beach or as protective footwear in gym showers, they are ill-suited for prolonged wear or physical exertion. It is more advisable to choose supportive footwear when engaging in strenuous tasks as a way of preventing foot and leg discomfort. If you are experiencing foot pain related to wearing flip flops, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a chiropodist who can offer tailored advice and appropriate treatment. 

Flip-flops, though they may seem harmless, are bad for your foot health. If you would like to learn more about the many problems that can be caused by frequent flip-flop wear, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Flip-flops are the quintessential summer shoe, seemingly perfect for the beach or pool. Unfortunately, these flimsy shoes are not a good choice when it comes to keeping your feet healthy. 

Frequently wearing flip-flops is associated with: 

  • Hammertoes

  • Bunions

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Heel spurs 

  • Cracked heels

  • Plantar warts

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Foot pain

  • Foot and ankle injuries

  • Gait changes

  • Leg, hip, and back pain

The best way to avoid these issues is to swap your flip-flops for more protective and supportive shoes. If you must wear flip-flops, wear them only for short periods of time. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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