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The Perils of Wearing Flip-Flops

Flip-flops can have long-term negative consequences on the feet because of their lack of support. They put strain on joints and allow the foot to collapse. This affects the gait and posture and can put unnecessary pressure on the foot and rest of the body. This type of footwear contributes to our feet pronating for longer periods of time than is normal and can change the biomechanics of the feet. Foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes, and painful conditions associated with overpronation, like arch and heel pain and overall body pain can result. Flip-flops should not be worn for prolonged lengths of time. It is okay to wear them for activities that are short-lived and not strenuous, like at the beach or around pools. If you would like to discuss wearing flip-flops or better alternatives, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with more information.

Flip-flops can cause a lot of problems for your feet. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

Flip-flops have managed to become a summer essential for a lot of people. While the shoes may be stylish and easy to slip on and off, they can be dangerous to those who wear them too often. These shoes might protect you from fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, but they can also give you foot pain and sprained ankles if you trip while wearing them.

When Are They Okay to Wear?

Flip-flops should only be worn for very short periods of time. They can help protect your feet in places that are crawling with fungi, such as gym locker rooms. Athlete’s foot and plantar warts are two common fungi that flip-flops may help protect your feet against.

Why Are They Bad for My Feet?

These shoes do not offer any arch support, so they are not ideal for everyday use. They also do not provide shock absorption or heel cushioning which can be problematic for your feet. Additionally, you may suffer from glass cuts, puncture wounds, and stubbed toes since they offer little protection for your feet.

More Reasons Why They Are Bad for Your Feet

  • They Slow You Down
  • May Cause Blisters and Calluses
  • Expose Your Feet to Bacteria

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

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