Summer Bummer: Flip-Flops Are Bad For Your Feet [STUDY]

In Fashion by Wendy Michaels , on Monday, May 07, 2012, 9:20 AM (PDT)
Flip-flops are bad news for feet


Study Shows Flip-Flops Cause Unnecessary Feet and Leg Strain

Despite being popular summertime footwear (and year-round shoes of choice in SoCal South Beach and Hawaii), it turns out that flip-flops aren't so great for your feet .

What could be easier than slipping on a pair a easy-breezy flippy floppies and getting on with your day?

Easy as it might be, you may also be doing some damage to your feet and legs by wearing the unsupportive footwear.

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A 2010 study at the University of Louisiana pinpoints all of flip-flop's downfalls, including the necessity to curl your toes to keep them on your feet.

Walking around with your toes clenched like that means your shin muscles work harder and that causes a definite strain.

Flip-flops that are lacking in heel or arch support tend to make you more flat-footed and your feet can not only slide around, but they can also turn inward.

There's definitely zero support in your typical drugstore variety flip-flops.

It is possible to find flip-flops with heel and arch support, and Dr. John Whyte, chief medical expert at the Discovery Health Channel, advises that you shouldn't wear them for long walks.

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The American Podiatric Medical Association has the run-down of those flip-flops that get their seal of acceptance, though you can bet they aren't going to be the $2 variety.

Do you wear flip-flops in summer?

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Comments (3)
Posted By My BeautyDepot (2 years ago)
I LOVE flip flops in the summer, but my feet HATE them! Thanks for the great info about wearing supportive footwear. Check out my article about some home remedies for those cracked heels at My Beeuty Depot. com :)
Posted By tom (2 years ago)
Great things,Is suitable for the season - summer。but also need with some jewelry,WELCONME TO FIREPRESS.CN
Posted By tom (2 years ago)
Is suitable for the season - summer,
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