Flip flops are becoming increasing more popular among young adults, but many of them aren’t aware that this type of shoe can cause a lot of foot problems. “We’re seeing more heel pain than ever in patients 15 to 25 years old, a group that usually doesn’t have this problem,” said American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons member Dr. H. Ashley Ledger. “A major contributor is wearing flip-flop sandals with paper-thin soles every day to school.”  

Those who want to avoid foot pain while still wearing flip flops should look for sandals with thick soles that provide adequate arch support. If the shoes are too flimsy, you might end up with plantar fasciitis, a condition that makes up 15% of all adult foot and ankle problems.

Flip flops might feel comfortable at first, but they can lead to a lot of pain if worn too often. To get help for a foot or ankle injury related to flip flop usage, contact podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will do everything in his power to eliminate your discomfort.

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
  • 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 are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet. 

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