Summer weather often means the tendency for many to favor flip-flops and sandals over their normal shoes. Flip-flops often bring about concern over their lack of arch support and the foot or ankle pain they may cause. Due to their lack of support, the arch of the foot is forced to stretch, causing heel pain. However, flip-flops can cause a myriad of other problems such as foot pab problems, injured tendons, risks of exposed toes, injured bones, and altered gait problems. Flip-flop use should be limited if possible.
Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to Dr. Bryant A. Tarr, D.P.M. of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr 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, 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 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
- Cuts and Scrapes
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.