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Why Flip Flops Are Popular

Flip flops are a popular shoe to wear during the warmer months. Despite the foot problems they may cause, many people choose to wear this type of shoe for their simplicity and varied colors. People who frequently wear them may experience heel pain as a result of the decreased cushioning these shoes generally have. The toes may begin to ache from gripping the shoes to keep them on the feet. At the end of the day, the feet may feel tired, which can radiate to the overall body. Additionally, blisters may form from the small piece of rubber that exerts pressure between the big toe and the second toe. Some flip-flops are made with stronger materials and may provide adequate support and cushioning to the feet. There are various styles of flip-flops, and if you are interested in learning more about them, please confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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; they're 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 regularly 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 that 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 please feel free to contact our offices located in Honolulu and Kahuku, HI .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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