Flip-Flops: Cool, Casual, and Not Always the Cause of Your Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jun 13, 2015 3:00:00 PM

flip_flops_ankles_crossedFlip-flops are a summer staple and can actually be found on feet everywhere all year round. They’re convenient, cool, and casual, but they also cause horrible things to happen to your feet. If you’re experiencing foot pain, especially when you wear flip-flops, it’s time to do something about it. Now, it would probably be naïve to think that you’ll stop wearing flip-flops altogether, so instead, check out the article below that tells you how to wear them and do the least amount of damage to your feet.

Posted by: TODAY Health

Here’s How to Wear Flip-Flops Without Ruining Your Feet

Face it: Flip-flops rock. They keep your feet cool, they're easy to throw on, and they come in a zillion colors and styles that just about anyone can love. They're casual and chic all at once. They're fun. They're friendly.

They're also pretty terrible for your feet.

Don't believe us? 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.


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.

So, what does all of 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.

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

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As you can see in the article above, flip-flops don’t exactly have a positive influence on our feet. While it’s true shoes that don’t offer adequate support can cause some foot problems or make current problems worse, there’s often a better solution to your foot pain than just avoiding flip-flops.

The key is correcting the root problem that causes issues such as bad posture, bunion exacerbation, hammertoes, lack of arch support, and body pain. This problem is foot misalignment and about 45% of the general population doesn't even realize it has misaligned feet.

Misaligned feet are caused when the ankle bone slips off of the heel bone, causing an excessive inward rotation of the ankle that creates misalignment in the feet and body and a painful chain reaction.

There is a quick, easy and effective solution called HyProCure® that places a titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bone, correcting the misalignment and easing your body and foot pain.

If you’d like to learn more, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to find out if you’re a candidate or download the free eBook below.

Adler Footcare is classified as a HyProCure® Center of Excellence, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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