Flip flops have always been a popular choice that is associated with the summer months, but flip flops can actually cause more damage to your feet then you would think.
Walking in Flip Flops? Not for Long!
Flip flops should only be worn for short periods of time, like when at the pool, beach, or doing errands around the house. They are not meant for long distance walks or when you know you'll be on your feet for much of the day. If you are wearing flip flops all day, they can cause a lot of damage to your feet, heels, knees, and even your back. When you walk in flip flops, you subtly change the way you walk and, over time, you can throw off your natural alignment and cause pain in your feet that often leads to heel spurs or plantar fasciitis.
"Flip flops do not offer any type of support for the foot or ankle, and are not designed for daily wear," says Meredith Leigh Ward, a podiatrist at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
So when deciding what shoes to wear for the day, determine how much you'll be walking or how long you'll be on your feet, and then pick out your footwear.
The video below goes more in-depth about flip flops and how they can be damaging to your feet.
Flip flops and sandals are not good options for diabetics because of the lack of protection that they offer. Diabetics need footwear that will cover up their toes and will protect their feet from injury. Diabetics should make sure their shoes are fit specifically for them and will protect their feet from nicks and scratches.
Diabetics have an increased risk of foot injury if they wear sandals because they may not notice small cuts or blisters that can quickly lead to infections, and worse, amputation. Additionally, footwear made out of cheap plastic are not good for diabetics because they are not breathable. Wearing shoes that can be adjusted easily are ideal for diabetics because it does not put a lot of strain on their feet. The best option for diabetics would be specially made footwear for diabetics. Sure-Fit is the diabetic shoe brand we carry in all of our clinics, and Medicare typically covers one pair of diabetic shoes, and three pairs of inserts, every calendar year.
Why is There Heel Pain with Flip Flops
Heel pain from flip flops is very common and can come from something as trivial as stepping on a rock. Flip flops do not provide a soft surface for your heel to land on and can cause bruising of the fat pad under the heel, causing pain. One way to stop heel pain is making sure the shoes you are wearing have arch support and heel cushions. Most flip flops do not offer any support, and can lead to plantar fasciitis, painful big toes, and a higher risk of bruising.
Don't Wait to Seek Treatment
Wearing flip flops everyday can slowly create problems for your feet, and the rest of your body, so it is important to invest in good summer footwear! Midwest Podiatry Centers' clinics carry all types of footwear, most of which are podiatrist approved and can help prevent or reduce foot and heel pain. Vionic Footwear is one line of footwear that we sell at all five of our clinics. They specialize in creating footwear that can help with heel, ankle, and knee pain, and their Orthaheel technology are proven to effectively alleviate heel pain. As mentioned above, we also sell diabetic shoes from Sure-Fit.
When left untreated, foot, heel, knee, and back pain usually get worse over time, especially if the problem stems from your footwear. If you are ready to find the right solution for your summer footwear needs, make an appointment with Midwest Podiatry Centers today! Call us at 612-788-8778 or send a message on our contact us page.