Flip-flops are a key summer staple, and it is undoubtedly for their easy wear and comfort. But while flip-flops make you feel as if you are on vacation, in reality they cause the feet to work even harder. Doug Kechijian, D.P.T. of Peak Performance in New York City says that wearing thonged sandals causes the feet to clench the toes to keep them securely on. This clenching causes the feet to stiffen and tense, which can arise to muscular issues in the feet such as plantar fasciitis. Because flip-flops are inevitably a part of summer, Kechijian recommends putting a limit on how far you walk while wearing them.  

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont 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, 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

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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