Flip Flops - Impact on Your Feet

Are You Addicted to Your Flip-Flops?

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Flip-flops have been around a long time, at least since 1500 B.C.!

They have been worn by everyone from ancient Egyptians to beach bums to Northwestern University’s women’s lacrosse team during a visit to the White House in 2005.

Yes, they really did wear flip-flops and it raised more than a few eyebrows!

But I’m not here to discuss if flip-flops are socially-appropriate attire for a trip to the big house on Pennsylvania avenue. I would like to address wearing your flip-flops all the time, or rather, why you shouldn’t wear them all the time!

You can hear the sound of flip-flops flapping everywhere you go in our great state, from beaches to churches! I’ve even seen brides wearing them on their big day. But, I have to step in here (pun fully intended) and speak my mind about these thin pieces of rubber that are potentially destroying our feet.

Let’s face it—traditional flip-flops are not designed to adequately support your feet. The thin rubber sole is not designed to support your arch and cushion your stride. Nor do they protect your feet from sharp objects laying around.

And the biggest issue is not that people wear them occasionally, but all the time—from running errands, playing sports, going out to dinner, and working out. Yikes, this is a recipe for a disaster! It seems people are addicted to their flip-flops!

To be perfectly fair, not all flip-flops are created equal. In fact, some are designed to provide your feet with support. Check out these flip-flops that are both aesthetically-pleasing and engineered with an actual human foot in mind.

They were designed by a podiatrist with a biomechanical tri-planar motion control footbed with a deep heel cup (important for your foot health) that helps stabilize, support and realign the feet back to their natural position. These flip-flops are good for your feet—$2 flip-flops from the drug store are not!

So, let me end my flip-flop diatribe with a few words of wisdom.

  • Don’t wear them ALL the time.
  • Wear flip-flops that are designed with support in mind.
  • If you do wear the cheap ones, get rid of them now. 🙂

Enjoy your summer!

If you are looking for a podiatrist or you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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