Flip-flops are often worn at the beach or around pools, but they are also worn as regular summertime footwear. These sandals are often thin-soled and offer little arch and foot cushioning support. Wearing these types of shoes long-term can lead to painful plantar fasciitis, which is a condition that affects the plantar fascia. This is the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot, and may endure small tears or become overstretched. Plantar fasciitis can cause severe foot pain, particularly with the first steps after arising from sleep, or from walking for a prolonged period. If plantar fasciitis is not treated, a heel spur can develop, further irritating the foot. Flip-flops should be left for protecting feet in locker rooms or around the water, and more supportive shoes should be worn for other activities. If you have developed plantar fasciitis from wearing flip-flops, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you with treatment options, and recommend better summertime footwear.
Flip-flops can cause a lot of problems for your feet. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of the podiatrists from JE Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
Flip-Flops and Feet
Flip-flops have managed to become a summer essential for a lot of people. While the shoes may be stylish and easy to slip on and off, they can be dangerous to those who wear them too often. These shoes might protect you from fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, but they can also give you foot pain and sprained ankles if you trip while wearing them.
When Are They Okay to Wear?
Flip-flops should only be worn for very short periods of time. They can help protect your feet in places that are crawling with fungi, such as gym locker rooms. Athlete’s foot and plantar warts are two common fungi that flip-flops may help protect your feet against.
Why Are They Bad for My Feet?
These shoes do not offer any arch support, so they are not ideal for everyday use. They also do not provide shock absorption or heel cushioning which can be problematic for your feet. Additionally, you may suffer from glass cuts, puncture wounds, and stubbed toes since they offer little protection for your feet.
More Reasons Why They Are Bad for Your Feet
- They Slow You Down
- May Cause Blisters and Calluses
- Expose Your Feet to Bacteria
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Fleming Island and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.