Are Flips Flops Causing Your Foot Problems?

Posted by Dr. Brian Nagy on May 8, 2017

group of feet wearing flip flopsFlips flops are a popular summer shoe because they’re easy to slip on, come in a variety of styles and colors, and give off a fun, laid back, summer vibe. But did you know that they could be causing you unnecessary foot problems that will inevitably lead to foot pain?

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Here's how to wear flip-flops without ruining your feet

So, let the numbers speak for themselves: of the 198,437 emergency room visits due to shoe-related injuries, 25,300 were associated with flip flops in 2014, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Emergency Room visits.

And there’s more. Podiatrists blame flip-flops for blisters, bacteria, viral infections, bad posture, shooting pains, bunion exacerbation (and formation!), hammertoe issues, athlete’s foot, and lack of arch support.

Phew.

In a 2008 study, researchers at Auburn University found that flip-flops actually change the way wearers walk, sometimes permanently. And those changes can wreak havoc on the rest of the body, with distinct and noticeable effects on everything from the wearer’s posture to their gait.

What does all this mean? Should you dump all twenty-three pairs in the trash this minute?

Well, not exactly. (And besides, we know you’re not really going to listen when we tell you to break up with those bad boys.) Like chocolate cake and red wine, flip flops are totally fine in moderation.

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But we do think you should heed some of our tips for keeping your exposed feet happy and healthy.

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The reality is that most people will continue to wear flip flops despite them being bad for your feet, which is okay in moderation, just keep some foot care tips in mind when it comes to wearing flip flops:

  • Spend a little extra money and choose flip flops that have a sturdy sole and built-in arch support, versus the flimsy plastic kind.
  • Choose a high-quality leather with soft traps to avoid blisters and irritations.
  • Try not to wear them for long distances or extended periods of time.
  • Thoroughly wash your feet after wearing flip flops, since your feet are more exposed to dirt and bacteria that can turn into an infection, even if you have the smallest cut.
  • If you’re experiencing chronic foot pain while wearing your flip flops, stop wearing them!

So, while wearing flip flops can lead to foot problems, keeping the above tips in mind and wearing them in moderation is the way to go this summer.

If you are experiencing chronic foot pain, it’s important that you don’t ignore it. Instead, visit a New Hampshire podiatrist at Nagy Footcare to learn about the treatment options for you. At Nagy Footcare our best day is the day you wake up with no foot pain.

 

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