5 Ways Flip-Flops Are Wrecking Your Feet
It’s no secret that flip-flops are bad for your feet. They’re flimsy and offer little to no support for your feet and ankles. But that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the dangers flip-flops pose to your feet and overall wellbeing.
The podiatrists at Triad Foot & Ankle Center reveal the five ways flip-flops can wreck your feet:
- Bacteria Haven: Believe it or not, your flip-flops are teeming with bacteria. In fact, the material used to make flip-flops is a haven for nasty bacteria, including Staphylococcus bacteria, which causes Staph infections. If your bacteria-laden flip flops cause an open wound, like a blister, it can allow that bacteria into your system and make you sick.
- Fungus Among Us: Flip-flops aren’t just a haven for bacteria, fungus loves them too. Using flip-flops (and not cleaning them after each use) in gym showers or communal areas where conditions are moist & warm can open you up to toenail or skin fungal infections.
- Blisters: The most commonly sustained injury from flip-flops are blisters. Since flip-flops are not securely fastened, friction caused by the movement of the flip-flops against your feet can cause blisters.
- Posture: Flip-flops can do a number on your posture. Your feet are the foundation of your body and when you wear unstable footwear, it throws off your posture. Poor posture can cause your body to be misaligned which can result in pain and other issues.
- Support: Flip-flops are notorious for having a lack of adequate support, which can result in heel pain and fallen arches. The ligament that runs from your heel to the ball of your foot, called the plantar fascia, can stretch or tear from a lack of support, causing the painful condition known as plantar fasciitis. In addition, if there is nothing supporting your arch, over time it can fall and cause flat feet and foot pain.
While flip-flops aren’t the healthiest choice for your feet, there are other cute summer footwear options. Instead of flip-flops, try sandals with more than one strap. The straps will provide stability for your foot and ankle and reduce friction caused by the footwear sliding around.
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