• Tip-Top Flip-Flop Safety Tips

    by Dr. LaMour
    on Jun 18th, 2014

Flip flops are ideal to wear at the pool or when visiting a sandy beach. But that’s about it. Never rely on flip flips as your sole summer shoe. They are not designed for long walks or sports.  Their lack of support means big issues for the feet and body.

These Shoes aren’t made for Walking

Here’s a breakdown on the dangers of making flip-flops your go-to summer shoe.


Flip flops cause the toes to grip tightly to the rubber support.  Over time, you will wear out your muscles and end up with tendinitis. Overuse of flip-flops has also been linked to a condition known as hammertoe. This involves a contraction of the joints that may cause the toe to bend irregularly.


Flip-flops are so thin, their constant wear can expose the feet to trauma. As a result, stress fractures can develop in the bones of the feet. This is a painful condition that is often hard to diagnose, since it usually manifests itself as a microscopic crack in the bone.

Between the Toes

Nothing comes between your feet and flip-flops. That is to say, it’s nearly impossible to wear socks with flip-flops, and as a result, chronic rubbing of the skin against plastic or leather straps may result in painful blistering.

Beware Falling Objects

Never wear flip-flops when doing yard work. Exposed toes and lawn mowers are a recipe for disaster. And even in the garden, one can accidentally drop a spade or shovel on the exposed foot.

Don’t Forget Sun Protection

Another unspoken hazard with flip-flops is sunburn. When slathering on sun screen, many people stop at the ankles. If you’re wearing flip-flops don’t forget to apply protection for both the top and bottom of your feet.

Not all Flip Flops are Created Equal

Does this mean you should make a beeline to your closet and toss out flip-flops this summer? Yes and no. First, check out last year’s pair. Are they cracked and old? Is the heel worn thin? If the answers to these questions are yes, then ditch the shoes and buy a new pair.

But remember, flip-flops have some benefits. They are ideal for wearing around the pool and community showers because they can prevent exposure to fungus. But not all flip flops are created equal. Avoid buying the cheaper ones or bargain bin deals. Instead, find a flip-flop that has arch supports. Look as well for shoes that are thick soled and incapable of bending in all different directions. Finally, make sure the flip-flop actually fits your foot. Your heel should never dangle over the back of the shoe. Contact Dr. Jeffery W. Lamour for more information.

Original Source: http://www.drjefflamour.com/foot-care/tip-top-flip-flop-safety-tips/

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