Even as fall approaches, many Podiatry Group of Annapolis patients are enjoying their last days in summer footwear. Still, others are shopping for new sandals to wear on vacations in the coming months. Are you someone who likes to spend days on end in thin rubber thong sandals known as flip-flops? It’s time to rethink that decision.
The issue with flip-flops
Flip-flops are a popular fashion choice. They’re inexpensive, they’re stylish and, at least initially, they’re comfortable. They’re also terrible for your feet. They leave you vulnerable to infection and injury. In one recent survey, up to one in eight footwear-related emergency room visits were directly attributable to flip-flops. While some of these foot and ankle injuries were minor, such as blisters, sunburns, or small cuts on the toes, others were more serious issues such as ankle sprains or stress fractures. Flip-flops have even been blamed for automobile accidents, as it’s possible for the loose sole of the shoe to get stuck under the gas or brake pedal, making it hard to drive properly.
Not only can your flip-flops cause problems for your feet and ankles, their lack of cushioning and support can cause referred pain in the knees, hips, and lower back. Keeping your flip-flops on your feet requires repeated and sustained gripping with your toes. This unnatural movement can alter your posture and gait over time.
Flip-flop use should be minimized to protect foot health. They’re great for the beach or at a pool. They’re especially useful for keeping feet bacteria and fungus-free in public places such as locker rooms and hotel rooms where other people tend to congregate barefoot. For everyday use, a pair of sandals with adjustable straps, cushioned interior, and thick sole will provide maximum comfort and support.
If you are worried that your flip-flops have caused a problem, or if you have any other concerns about the health of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, a visit to the podiatrist is in order. With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified professional to diagnose and treat your issue.
Call Podiatry Group of Annapolis at 410-224-4448 or contact us online today to schedule an appointment with podiatrists Dr. James M. McKee or Dr. Johann K. Entinger atour comfortable Annapolis, MD office on Solomons Island Road.