Climber wearing Flip-Flops rescued by Helicopter from Mountain

Viennese tourist Maria Schneider found herself in a difficult predicament after attempting to climb the 7,109 foot-high Dobratsch Mountain with flip-flops as footwear. The twenty-three-year-old was climbing the peak near Villach, Austria when she discovered she was stuck. Schneider had to be rescued by a police helicopter rescue team which comprised of an Alpine policeman and eight mountain rescuers. After being reached by rescuers, it was found that she was neither dressed warmly nor equipped with appropriate Alpine gear for mountain climbing. Schneider was airlifted off the peak and uninjured in the event.

Mountain climbing requires footwear that offers proper arch support; flip-flops, therefore, are not the best choice. To learn more about flip-flops and the negative results of long-term wear, speak to Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.

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.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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