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Can Foot Pain Arise From Flip-Flops?

Monday, 21 December 2020 00:00

Patients who frequently wear flip flops like the simplicity of this type of shoe, but may not be aware of the foot pain that may follow. The reasons why foot pain can arise include walking differently to accommodate how the shoe fits, and the lack of arch support, which could cause heel pain. The plantar fascia may become stretched beyond its normal limitations and this can cause the painful condition that is known as plantar fasciitis. Additionally, tendonitis may occur from ankle instability as you walk. Mild relief may be found when alternative shoes are worn every other day, as this may give the feet time to heal from wearing flip flops. If you have foot pain and would like to know more information about how wearing flip flops can affect your feet, please confer with a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Jack A. Sasiene, DPM from Texas. 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 Texas City and Lake Jackson, TX.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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