Why to Think Twice About Slipping on Flip Flops if You Have Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

May 10, 2015 3:30:00 PM

feet_in_flip_flopsIt’s flip flop and sandal season and this could mean serious consequences for your feet! While these types of shoes are easy to slip on whether you’re headed out to lunch or going to the beach, you should think twice about what you’re slipping your foot into – especially if you notice any visible signs of foot problems, such as calluses, cracked heels or toenail fungus  or you’re experiencing any kind of foot pain. Flip flops can have serious effects on your body too. Learn more in the article and infographic below.

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The effects of flip flops on your body

They may feel comfy, but when it comes to wear and tear on the foot, flip flops may be as bad as much-maligned high heels.

Foot experts warn against wearing the summer sandals for long periods of time because the flat, rubber shoes just can't soak up shock from the pavement like more substantial footwear. Most flip flops are also overly flexible and lack arch support, which can put stress on the foot's tendons.

According to the 2012 National Foot Health Assessment, a full 78% of adults report having experienced foot pain at some time in their lives. How much of that is due to flip flops depends how often you wear them - and what kind you wear.

While many podiatrists don't completely disapprove of flip flops - the American Podiatric Medical Association has a long list of recommended styles - there are a few things you should know before slipping them on.

Take a look at some of the latest research findings on what flip flops can do to your feet, and the ripple effects it can have on the rest of your body.

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If you are experiencing foot pain when you wear flip flops or sandals, the most obvious solution is to change your footwear. Find summer shoes that offer better support for your feet. If you have chronic foot pain, especially in the heel or arch of the foot, you shouldn’t ignore it or it will only get worse. If you have pain in the rest of your body, it could be caused by misalignment in your feet. In either case, flip flops don’t help the problem and you should consider visiting a podiatrist for an evaluation.

Be sure to ask about the HyProCure® minimally invasive procedure that places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bone, correcting the foot misalignment, and helping people get rid of their foot pain for good.

To learn more contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare or download the free eBook below. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Foot Care, foot pain