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Siouxland Matters writer Allison Walker strongly discourages wearing flip-flops. Walker believes that wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can actually increase the likelihood of incurring foot and ankle conditions and injuries. Some of the risks taken while wearing flip-flops include heel pain and ankle injuries.

The best way to prevent these conditions is to at least choose flip-flops that can provide some support if you must wear them. Mike Pape of Rudolph’s Shoe Mart says, “There are different types of what they call orthotics or foot beds that are in the various shoes and sandals . . . Now there’s all the different components that go into making the different arches.”

If you must wear flip-flops, try not to wear them for too long. If you have questions, see podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will provide you with quality foot and ankle care.

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; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too.

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

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