If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right.Switch to Accessible Site

Flip Flops and Foot Pain

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Despite the fact that flip-flops are perhaps one of the most widespread and popular forms of footwear during the summer months, flip-flops can also negatively impact your feet. For example, wearing flip-flops for too long and during prolonged periods of physical activity might contribute to foot pain. Since an individual must tighten and scrunch up their toes to prevent their flip-flops from falling off, this prolonged tension can contribute significantly to foot pain. Also, flip-flops offer a substantially low level of foot support. As the shoe is essentially a mere piece of foam, the wearer does not benefit from any cushioning or padding found in other forms of footwear. This lack of padding can aggravate conditions such as plantar fasciitis, which can cause heel pain. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, which is a band of tissue running through the arch of the foot, becomes inflamed and strained. Like all things, flip-flops are perhaps best worn in moderation. For instance, if you are taking a walk up the block to go to the beach, wearing flip-flops might be an appropriate choice. However, if you are about to embark on a long walk or hike, selecting a more supportive shoe might be the better option. If you wear flip-flops and experience some kind of foot pain, consider reaching out to a podiatrist who can help you.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dawn Miles, DPM from Florida. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Palatka and Saint Augustine, FL .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about Flipping Out About Flip Flops
Connect with us