Getting Help With Foot Troubles

Getting Help With Foot Troubles

Wearing Flip Flops This Summer? Why You Should Grab A Different Pair Of Shoes

Ashley Stewart

Flip flops have been around for quite some time. They are a great go-to when going to the pool or to the beach, but to wear all day long, all summer long - that's a bad idea. Flip flops don't have the same type of support other shoes have. They are flimsy and barely cover you feet, as they are typically made of a thin rubber sole with a very thin strap that goes in between your two front toes, which gives you no protection at all. See below for other reasons you shouldn't wear this flimsy type of flip flop this summer.

Deadly Bacteria

Bacteria builds up on your flip flops, which in turn can get onto your feet and skin. Bacteria such as E. coli and staphylococcus can get on your flip flops according to a CBS news story, which can be dangerous if you have a weakened immune system or have any open sores or wounds on your feet. Be sure to wash your feet with soap and water after wearing flip flops and clean your flip flops as well. 

Tendinitis

Flip flops have just a small strap between your toes. To keep your flip flops on, you grip with your toe muscles. This gripping motion over and over again can cause tendinitis, inflamed or even torn tendons in your toes. Wearing your flip flops too much can also lead to bunions or hammer-toe.

Bone Fractures, Arch And Heel Pain

Your flip flops are just a flimsy piece of rubber with a tiny strap. There isn't any cushion or arch support at all. This lack of support from wearing these sandals too often can lead to bone fractures in your feet. The lack of arch support can also lead to flattened arches or pain in your arches. Your heels are also affected when wearing flip flops. With your feet raising off of your flip flops with every single step, you could end up with pain in your heels.

Tips To Find A Better Type Of Flip Flop

  • The Right Fit. Look for flip flops that fit your feet. Make sure your feet do not hang over anywhere with your feet planted firmly on the ground.
  • Arch Support. Find flip flops that have arch support and a thicker sole. A lot of sport flip flops have this type of support, as well as cushion.
  • Ankle Strap. Flip flops that have an ankle strap are better for your feet, as they do not allow your flip flop to leave your foot. 
  • Replace Often. Replace your flip flops with every summer season, or when they begin showing signs of wear and tear. Flip flops don't normally have a lot of tread on the bottoms of them, so if they get too worn they become slippery. Slipping and sliding in your flip flops can be dangerous and lead to broken or fractured ankles.

Flip flops can be worn, but try and wear them only at the beach or to the pool. Wear comfortable and supportive shoes when shopping, standing for long periods or walking for long stretches to help prevent injuries to your feet and ankles. Contact a podiatrist for more information.


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Getting Help With Foot Troubles

A few weeks ago, my wife made me go to the nail salon with her. Instead of sitting around for hours while my wife perused nail decals and polish options, I decided to get a pedicure. It was a really relaxing experience, but I quickly discovered that the process was about more than a foot bath. Before I knew it, someone was cutting and sanding my toenails. Unfortunately, a few days later I developed a massive ingrown toenail infection, which my podiatrist attributed to my visit to the nail salon. I want everyone to know how to properly care for their feet, so I made this website.

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