With summer in full swing in Southwest Florida, many people are ditching their close-toed shoes for sandals. In fact, CivicScience found “that 50% of the population wear flip-flops for a water-focused activity, like going to the beach or lounging by the pool.” But, are flip-flops bad for your feet? Here, we’ll talk about the risks of flip-flops and three tips for summer sandal happiness.
Are Flip-flops Bad for Your Feet?
Essentially, yes. Since most flip-flops are thin, flat pieces of material with straps that go between the toes, they offer little protection or support for your feet. If you wear flip-flops for extended periods they can cause stress to your twinkle toes as well as to the rest of your body.
Why Are Flip-flops Bad for Your Feet?
So just how bad are flip-flops for your feet? Wearing flip flops frequently can pose the following foot health risks:
- Foot fungus
- Plantar fasciitis
- Balance issues
And of course, if you participate in strenuous activities such as running or playing sports with your flop flips on, you may increase your risk of blisters, strains, and sprains. Don’t worry. There are several things you can do to enjoy the summer sandal season while keeping your feet happy and healthy.
3 Tips for Summer Sandals
1. Choose the Best Alternative to Flip-flops
The good news is that not every summer sandal is a flip-flop. You can choose sandals that have a strap for the heel or closed back to reduce your risk of slips and falls and improve your balance. Ensure that your chosen summer footwear is the right size and width for your feet. Additionally, check that your flip-flop alternative has arch support and a cushioned heel. Properly fitted sandals will reduce your risk of blisters and can make you feel more comfortable if you stand or walk for extended periods.
Keep in mind, most sandals are not designed for strenuous activities. However, there are plenty of options out there for your basic summer footwear needs. Suppose you find the perfect sandals, but they don’t quite have the heel cushion or arch support that is right for you. In that case, you can also:
2. Consider Arch Support Shoes or Inserts
Shoes with proper arch support are your best bet if you have fallen arches or preexisting conditions that could make wearing flip-flops or sandals painful. Alternatively, you can add inserts if you had your sights on the perfect pair of sandals. Many podiatrist-approved inserts could fit into your sandals, but you’ll want to take measurements and check before you buy.
3. If You Must Choose Flip-flops — Think Powerstep
Sometimes flip-flops just make sense— like preventing beach feet when taking a stroll along the shoreline. But, put your feet first by choosing flip-flops that have:
- Sturdy rubber soles to prevent stone bruises.
- Cushion and arch support.
- A comfortable fit.
- A strap that goes over your toes and not between them.
Powerstep flip-flops have built-in arch support and are ideal for summer fun with fewer risks than regular flip-flops. You can wear flip-flops with arch support for short periods, such as on the beach, but bring a backup pair of shoes for volleyball, long beach walks, or other activities to prevent foot and ankle injuries.
Many Flip-flops Are Bad for Your Feet, So Put Your Foot Down With Sandals
While flip-flops are often bad for your feet, Powerstep flip-flops and other sandals can protect your feet in style this summer. Picking the best pair will help to keep you and your feet comfortable and safe.
If you need to pick up a pair of Powerstep flip-flops or have any foot pain or conditions that need a look, The Foot & Ankle Group has you covered with office locations in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Bonita Springs, and Lehigh Acres. We’re here to help.
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