Halle Berry reportedly owns over 100 pairs. Celebrities Charlize Theron and Elle Macpherson have even worn them on the red carpet. Once only seen poolside, or on the beach, flip-flops have moved to mainstream, every day fashion. These summer time staples may be easy to slip on, but they can be hard on the feet.
When you wear flip-flops, there is only a thin piece of rubber between the sidewalk and the soles of your feet. Because there is no arch support, your feet and ankles are prone to sprains and even tendinitis. You also risk cuts and punctures since sharp objects can easily go through the shoe. The exposed toes are also subject to being stubbed and result in injury to the nail as well. This is especially a concern for diabetics whose feet are already at an increased for infection. Podiatrists warn that flip-flops should never be worn while playing sports, and playground accidents may occur due to lack of tread on the bottom of these shoes.
You may be wondering if you need to throw your favorite flip-flops away. The answer is no. However, you do need to wear them responsibly. If you are going to be walking a lot, leave your flip-flops behind and choose shoes with support and cushion. Also, don’t wear them all day.
Flip-flops are great for protecting the feet from athlete’s foot and warts that can be contracted in public placed like showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Keep a pair by the door to take the trash out, or to run a quick errand. Of course, they still remain the footwear of choice on lazy summer days at the beach, or by the pool.
Does foot pain have you missing out on your favorite warm weather activities? Don’t spend another day inside! Call the offices of Dr. Sanjay Patel, and make an appointment today. You can schedule your foot exam at the Hamden, CT office at (203)288-4055, or the Milford, CT office at (203)876-7736. You can also request an appointment online.