Flip Flops and Posture Problems

Flip flops may seem like the perfect summer shoe, however, they can wreak havoc on the health of your feet if worn for long periods of time. The negative health effects of flip flops are well known and documented, ranging from heel pain to nerve damage. Additionally, flip flops can cause an individual to develop problems with their posture. There are many different reasons for this. For example, since the feet are essentially the building blocks of the body’s posture, when we wear shoes that are not supportive, such as flip flops, the posture can collapse. Poorly supported feet can ultimately lead to misalignment, which results in bad posture throughout the body. If you are someone who enjoys wearing flip flops during the summer months, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide you with knowledge about the pros and cons of wearing this type of shoe.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Illinois . Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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; they're 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 regularly 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 that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Wheeling and Berwyn, IL .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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