Why Flip-Flops Are a Bad Long-Term Shoe Option

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

Although flip-flops are a popular shoe to wear in the summer, they are not the best option for our feet. These shoes offer minimal protection and support, which can lead to injury. Furthermore, the materials that flip-flops are commonly made of, such as rubber and plastic, are known for being prone to bacteria. Keep in mind that flip-flops can be worn but only for short periods of time. They should only be worn around the pool or cottage, but not for long-distance walking or running. If you are worried about attracting bacteria, make sure you are keeping your feet clean and dry.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Brent Kempf from Sayville Foot Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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; they're 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 regularly 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 that 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.

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

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