Just about everyone wears flip-flops in the summer, but this popular footwear choice is not very healthy for your feet. The lack of support can cause serious injury when worn for an extended period of time.
- Bunions, joint pain and swelling
Flip-flops have small strips of fabric, leather or rubber that hold your foot in place. If this part of the flip-flop is loose, you could be over-contracting your toes to try to keep the shoe on. Continued contraction of your toes can lead to pain, swelling and the formation of bunions.
Also due to the looseness of flip-flops, your feet are constantly rubbing against them as they move. This motion creates friction which can result in painful blisters.
Research has shown that flip-flops leave the feet exposed to a number of bacteria, especially outside, including those from fecal matter and the dangerous staphylococcus aureus.
- Arch pain
Your foot’s arch, or plantar fascia, is a thick band of tissue that runs from the ball of the foot to the heel. Lack of adequate support can result in painful inflammation, called plantar fasciitis.
To eliminate these problems, wear shoes that provide proper support. There are a number of summer styles that have a slightly elevated heel, strong arch support and a stiff and comfortable outsole and insole. So do your feet a favor and pitch those flip-flops!