Tuesday, 19 September 2023 00:00

Flip-Flops and the Feet

As the weather continues to warm up, it is tempting to think about switching to flip-flops and other open footwear. However, shoes that lack full foot coverage, like flip-flops, slides, mules, and slippers, alter the way your toes and feet function during walking. When you wear such shoes, your toes must work differently to keep them in place. This involves some toe bones curling up while others point down, potentially increasing pressure on certain areas of your feet and even raising the risk of fractures or foot issues like corns and calluses. Moreover, it can create tension in the front of your leg. To counteract this, try a top-of-the-foot stretching exercise. Additionally, incorporate a gait-specific calf stretch into your routine. If you are curious about how your toes adapt to these shoes, observe your walking pattern in slip-on footwear and feel how your toes naturally adjust to keep the shoes on. While summer shoes are appealing, consider options with back straps for better foot support to ensure comfort and pain-free long walks. If you would like more guidance on summer footwear, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a chiropodist to discuss options that might meet your needs.

Flip-flops, though they may seem harmless, are bad for your foot health. If you would like to learn more about the many problems that can be caused by frequent flip-flop wear, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Flip-flops are the quintessential summer shoe, seemingly perfect for the beach or pool. Unfortunately, these flimsy shoes are not a good choice when it comes to keeping your feet healthy. 

Frequently wearing flip-flops is associated with: 

  • Hammertoes

  • Bunions

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Heel spurs 

  • Cracked heels

  • Plantar warts

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Foot pain

  • Foot and ankle injuries

  • Gait changes

  • Leg, hip, and back pain

The best way to avoid these issues is to swap your flip-flops for more protective and supportive shoes. If you must wear flip-flops, wear them only for short periods of time. 

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

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