Keep Flip-Flops off the Pavement

Keep Flip-Flops off the Pavement

cracked HeelsAccording to assistant professor of orthopedics at the Icahn of School of Medicine, Dr. Melissa Leber, flip-flops should not be worn on pavement or while playing sports and only around the pool. “No one should be running in flip-flops,” she commented. “Nothing faster than a walk.”

Twisted ankles are often caused by flip-flops, because of the absence of support. In toddlers or growing children, twisted ankles can manifest into mild fractures because of the weaker growth plates and bones. After falling on stairs or tripping on curbs while wearing flip-flops, many patients have gone to Dr. Leber for treatment for broken toes and damaged toenails.

Avoid wearing flip-flops in unsuitable environments to keep your feet from harm. To learn more about the effects of flip-flops, speak to podiatrist Dr. Donald C. Stran, D.P.M. of Texas. Dr. Stran answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions and assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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