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Why You Should Never Wear Flip-Flops Again

Categories: General Orthopedics

Summer is officially over. Obviously, that doesn’t necessarily mean the warm weather is over. In fact, we probably still have another solid month of heat ahead of us before it gets chilly. For many of us, that means another solid month of wearing flip-flops. Many of us consider flip-flops to be super convenient and simple footwear. Admittedly, that’s true. You can just slip your feet into them and head out the door. However, flip-flops can wreak havoc on your feet and legs.

It’s sad, but true. As Long Island’s leading orthopedist, we constantly treat patients with summertime orthopedic injuries from flip-flop mishaps. In this post, we’ll discuss why you should retire your flip-flops permanently. Read on to find out more.

Flip-Flops Have Poor Support

Truthfully, flip-flops are only slightly better than walking barefoot. In fact, many experts think that walking barefoot is safer! Good footwear means good support for your feet. Remember: your feet are the foundation that supports more than just your legs. They support your entire body! Issues in your feet can cause problems in your back, hips, thighs, and even your neck. That’s why it’s so important to wear footwear that keeps them in good shape.

Unfortunately, flip-flops don’t qualify as good footwear. We know how difficult that might be to hear for many of us, but sadly, it’s true. In fact, way too many people rely on flip-flops as their primary footwear during spring and summer. But regular flip-flops have zero support for your feet and can cause significant harm.

Alternatives to Flip-Flops

No need to be too upset! This doesn’t mean you’re limited solely to socks and sneakers. There are still plenty of other options for shoes that are both convenient and provide ample foot support. Flip-flops may be the easiest shoes to slip into, but the orthopedic damage that they cause simply isn’t worth it.

When shopping for shoes, look for sandals with specific features. Remember: you want good, solid support for your feet. Therefore, sandals with straps around the foot and ankle are usually indicative of shoes that will keep your feet stable and prevent sprained ankles. In addition, keep an eye out for some sort of traction or grip. Obviously, it’s equally as important to choose a pair in your correct size. And if you’re 10o% committed to wearing flip-flops, look for a pair with anatomical soles. Also, find a pair with built-in support.

However, this doesn’t mean you should wear only these all summer long. No pair of flip-flops makes for ideal, primary footwear. They should never be the only pair of shoes you wear. Rotate them with a pair of proper sneakers or some other shoe with adequate support. This way, you’ll be at less of a risk for orthopedic damage.

Conclusion – Central Orthopedic Group

No matter what kind of orthopedic issues you may experience, at Central Orthopedic Group we’re prepared to help you heal as quickly and smoothly as possible. More than anything, we’re passionate about helping our Long Island patients get back on their feet as quickly as we can. For more information or to make an appointment with one of our specialists, contact us today!