Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

Wearing Flip-Flops Can Alter the Way You Walk

Flip-flops, with their roomy design and flat soles, may seem better for your feet than other shoes. Unfortunately, they aren’t. In fact, frequently wearing flip-flops can greatly damage the health of your feet. Flip-flops lack support for the foot, and their loose design requires you to scrunch your toes to keep them on your feet as you walk. This can alter the way you walk, also known as your gait. Those who wear flip-flops frequently are more likely to walk with short strides and with their ankles turned overly inward. This walking pattern can increase the risk of developing ankle and hip pain. Frequent flip-flop use can also cause plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toes. For more information about the dangers of flip-flops, and to discover healthier footwear options, consult with a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Robert Stein, DPM from South Shore Foot Care. 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 our offices located in Cedarhurst and Franklin Square, NY .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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