Flip Flops & Your Feet

Could flip-flops be your foot arch’s enemy?  Although we can all admit they are convenient and temperature fitting for the summer, they are known to cause pain and injury when worn for long periods of time.

Flip-flops offer limited arch support and coverage for the feet, orthopedic doctors at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City said in a medical school news release.  People change how they walk when wearing flip-flops, gripping with their toes in order to keep the shoes in place.  This can lead to stress in certain muscles and strain in toes, ankles, legs, hips and the back.  Because the flat and flimsy shoe bed in flip-flops does not provide adequate foot support for all-day wear, people may be at risk for arch pain, plantar fasciitis and nerve problems.

So monitor how often you are wearing your flip flops and make sure it is not too often to cause foot, back and joint pain after extended periods of time and wear.

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