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Flip-Flops: Good or Bad for Your Feet?

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Flip-Flops: Good or Bad for Your Feet?
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Flip-Flops: Good or Bad for Your Feet?

Flip-flops are the new trend these days. They are comfortable, easy to slip on and off and go with any outfit. However, there is some debate on whether or not flip-flops are suitable for your feet.

Wearing flip-flops when you walk around your house will not cause any problems. However, if you walk for long periods or do any activity in them, you could be putting your feet at risk.

Read on to know what feet problems you could get from wearing flip-flops and when it is better to avoid them.

1) Blisters and Bruising

Because flip-flops are so loose, they can rub against your feet and cause blisters. It is especially true if you walk long distances in them or have susceptible skin. Calluses will also form on the bottoms of your feet from all of the rubbing.

Additionally, the flimsy straps that hold flip-flops onto your feet can break. It can lead to cuts and bruises on your feet or ankles.

2) Athlete’s Foot

An athlete’s foot or tinea pedis is an infection of the skin and feet that various fungi can cause. The infection can cause scaling, flaking, and itchiness of the skin on the feet. It is often seen between the toes. It is contagious and is passed through contact with contaminated surfaces or by coming into direct contact with someone with the infection.

Tinea pedis is spread through contact with infected skin scales or contact with fungi in damp areas (for example, showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools).

Some symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Redness
  • Swelling and toe pain

Flip-flops or slippers can make the condition worse because they don’t allow your feet to breathe, and they can also trap moisture.

3) Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. It supports your foot’s arch and acts as a shock absorber. When this ligament is strained, it can cause Plantar Fasciitis, which is a condition that causes heel pain. Flip-flops offer no support to the arch and can increase the strain on the Plantar Fascia, leading to Plantar Fasciitis.

You may experience symptoms like:

  • Heel pain that is worse in the morning
  • Heel pain that increases with activity
  • Pain in the arch of your foot

Read more: How Long Does Plantar Fasciitis Last & How to Prevent It?

4) Fractures Due to Stress

Fractures can occur when the bones in your feet are under too much stress. It is especially true with certain types of shoes, like flip-flops, that don’t provide adequate support. When you wear flip-flops, your feet are more likely to roll inward (pronate). It can put extra stress on the bones and lead to fractures.

Advanced Foot and Ankle Institute offers plantar fasciitis treatment in Roswell. We have a range of experience treating all foot and ankle conditions. Our staff is highly trained, and we offer the latest technology and treatments.