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Do you hear that? It’s time to break out the flip flops. The summertime staple with the distinct soundtrack may be associated with carefree enjoyment, but the lightweight footwear is actually endangering your health. The greater the risks, the more you wear the sandals.
Flip-flops lack ankle and arch support, heel cushioning, and shock absorption, all of which can lead to difficulties in the short and long term. Stress fractures, joint pain, and spinal injuries are just a few of the problems that can arise, ranging from sore or injured feet to more serious health issues like stress fractures, joint pain, and spinal injuries.
Poorly made footwear
With your feet exposed and unprotected, you’re vulnerable to stubbed or broken toes, blisters, cuts and scrapes, and even bacterial infections. Poor arch support causes strain on your feet and ankles, causing misalignment in other regions of your body. If you don’t have ankle support, one wrong step off the curb could result in a painful sprain. Similarly, if you step on something sharp, the thin piece of rubber between you and the ground will easily be punctured.
The importance of heel cushioning in protecting your feet cannot be overstated. You risk pain if your ligaments are stretched too far or too tight if you don’t have it. Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the tissues on the bottom of the foot caused by severe overstretching. More than only your feet are protected by shock absorption. If the shock from the ground is not properly absorbed, it is transmitted to other parts of the body, including the legs, hips, knees, and back. The simple act of wearing flip-flops can lead to painful spinal injuries over time.
Flip flops might even alter your walking style. When you wear the sandals, studies show that you take shorter strides, causing your toes to curl too tightly. Bone spurs and even stress fractures of the metatarsals, the five long bones that reach out to the toes, can result from long-term arch and heel pain.
Hazards on the Road
You don’t have to be on your feet to be in danger. The evidence that flip flops make driving more unsafe is mounting. Thousands of motorists report having one jammed under a pedal each year, and research suggests they’re even riskier than high heels when it comes to braking.
How do you avoid difficulties while still having fun with your summer friends? “To have a pain-free foot, you must support the arch, thus use flip flops on a limited basis during the summer season.” Flip flops should only be worn for brief periods of time and should be replaced periodically. Look for brands that offer arch support if you want to wear your shoes for longer. Driving in flip flops is never a good idea.
If you’re having problems with your feet or ankles, don’t ignore them! Because foot bone alignment influences overall alignment, pain in the feet can spread to other parts of the body, including the legs, hips, knees, and spine. Podiatry can detect and treat minor issues before they become major ones.
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