Flip-flops are no doubt very comfortable, and popular among Americans and others around the world. Flip-flops, much like sandals or other ‘affordable’ and simple footwear are very practical for laying back and relaxing, lounging around the pool, or taking a stroll along the beach.
However, Trusted, long-time podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Christina Long of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center stated in a recent health center news release that people should choose more carefully not only the type of flip-flops they wear (material), but also choose based on the anticipated purposes. Additionally, those that already have genetic predispositions to foot disorders or deformities such as hammer toes, plantar fasciitis, or blisters, should carefully consider their choice of footwear – no matter where or how far they’re going.
Unfortunately, wearing flip-flops also really puts your feet and toes at significant risk for stepping on something that may harm them, calluses, chafing, and even insect bites or sunburn.
Therefore, you should carefully consider your footwear, and if you’re stuck on getting a pair of flip-flops the next time you go out, try to find ones that have strong arch support, or even better a cushioned sole!
Many people have made the mistake of trying to operate a motor vehicle – or even bicycle – with flip flops on, and this has caused many vehicle accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. Therefore, it would be much more ideal to wear reliable footwear for such activities, like sneakers or shoes.
So, while flip-flops are cute and might seem practical for short-term use like wearing around a pool or at the beach, it’d likely be most ideal to stick to using them for foot protection in the shower, or simply going outside of your home or out back to start up the grille.
Experts also pointed out the extra tip of checking the quality and durability of your choice flip-flops, by attempting to bend them. In theory if they’re of good quality, they should bend just a little at the ball of the foot ‘ not completely in half.
Also, always keep an eye on your footwear ‘ not just flip flops ‘ for signs of wear and tear. Wearing defective, or flip-flops and sandals that have already begun falling apart will just make you that much more susceptible to injuries, sprains, and poor arch support that can cause soreness or pain later on.
For activities like hiking, long walks, or running, experts say to avoid flip-flops at all costs – as they’re simply not appropriate footwear for such activities and are prone to causing injury. Also, choose carefully ‘ if you must ‘ as to what types of sports (if any) that you attempt while wearing flip-flops.
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