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5 Reasons Not To Wear Flip Flops

Posted on September 23, 2022 in N/A by Dr. Erik Nilssen

When the hot days of summer arrive here in Florida, it is time to pull out your favorite pair of flip flops…or is it? Although flip flops frequently represent the onset of summer, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, this type of footwear is not appropriate for everyday use (they can cause serious heel pain): Instead, the association recommends the use of flip flops be limited to the pool, beach, and spa as well as in shared showers, and hotel rooms.

Additionally, the APMA provides the following list of helpful dos and don'ts:

  • Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
  • Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.
  • Do ensure that your foot doesn't hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.
  • Do wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete's foot.
  • Don't re-wear flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.
  • Don't ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.
  • Don't wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support.
  • Don't do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects your feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed-eater.
  • Don't play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.
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