Pros in the general healthiness of feet are intensely recommending that buyers of inexpensive flip-flops change the kind of summertime footwear they select to place on their feet.
These meek rubber sandals could cause an abundant amount of discomfort in the long run. “Everything in your body starts with how you strike your heel to the ground,” said Bob Thompson, executive director for the Institute for Preventive Foot Health. “You’re taking your five toes and grabbing your shoe to make sure it doesn’t slide out,” he said. “That action of the toes grabbing the shoe on the toe box is not normal.” To go into larger detail, flip-flops give feeble arch support, placing the ankles in unusual positions which affect the hips and spine.
Speaking to a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry helps you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that your feet stay healthy while wearing flip flops.
Flip-flops are not only very popular, but very convenient, especially in the warmer weather. They allow your feet to breathe and let you move your toes freely. They also go with most attire and can be worn with many different clothing styles. Unfortunately, these type of shoes also have a disadvantage, as they can cause harm to your feet in more ways than you think. These symptoms include:
- Ball and arch problems in the foot
- Changes to the body’s natural gait
- Ankle Sprains
- Higher risk of infection
- Higher risk of scrapes and cuts to the feet
- Issues in the lower back, legs and ankles
To avoid these symptoms (and minimize your risks), select a pair of flip-flops made of high quality materials that can offer protection. Purchase flip-flops from a reliable manufacturer and be sure to replace them every three to four months. Be sure the soles are firm and not ‘floppy’, or that they don’t bend or wiggle a lot when lifted from the floor.
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