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Foot Conditions May Happen From Wearing Flip-Flops

Wearing flip-flops is a popular thing to do in the summer months. They are easy to wear and come in many different materials and colors. Ideally, they are meant to be worn to the beach and pool areas, however, many people enjoy their simplicity and choose to wear them while accomplishing daily tasks. When flip flops are frequently worn, the walking style or gait may change as the foot muscles adapt to ensure the shoe is comfortable. Blisters may form, toenail fungus and athletes’ foot may develop, and heel pain may ensue. There is generally minimal padding on the heels of flip flops, and ongoing heel pain may indicate plantar fasciitis or that a heel spur has occurred. Additionally, hammertoe may develop as the toes continuously scrunch together to keep the shoe on the foot. Cracked heels are another condition that can happen from wearing shoes that do not have a back, and it is helpful to moisturize the feet more often when these types of shoes are worn. If you have concerns about wearing flip-flops, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 offices located in Covina and Alta Loma, CA .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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