Flip-Flops Fantastic or Farcical?
Speaking from a fashionable point of view flip flops can be fantastic!
They offer some protection from hot sand on the beach and are easy to slip on and off.
They are especially great to wear around swimming pools and communal changing rooms to avoid the dreaded verrucas.
If you are going to wear a flip flop, the best style for your feet is generally a little more pricey, but you are more likely to get some protection and support. As Podiatrists we would suggest something with a thicker footbed to prevent sharp objects piercing the bottom of the flip flop and making a hole in your foot. This is especially important for those of us who have neurological damage due to conditions such as diabetes, in which a gradual loss of feeling an occur in the feet.
Ideally something with a bit more of an arch support is much more comfortable over the longer periods that this heatwave has lasted, to prevent constant in-rolling and flattening of the arch, which can lead to generally aching feet, or worse complications.
A soft leather or fabric toe post, together with a strap to prevent blistering from harsh plastic is also preferable, but can still be stylish. We stock fashionable, comfortable and more supportive Vionic flip flops in the clinic and they are selling fast!
Speaking from a professional point of view flat flip flops are farcical!
They do not offer enough support or protection for our feet. Wearing flat flips flops can lead to all sort of problems some of which are listed below….
Plantar Fasciitis – The band of tissue that runs from your heel bone to your forefoot can become inflamed and uncomfortable from wearing unsupportive shoes. This is because you unknowingly change your gait pattern and the way your foot strikes the floor, causing the arch to flatten and pull on that point of insertion into the heel bone. You know you have plantar fasciitis when you have a horrible pain in your heel when you first stand up in the mornings or after rest…
Achilles Tendonitis – This often occurs when unsupportive footwear causes a change to the way you walk. The repetitive inrolling movements of the foot cause the tendon to swell and become painful.
Blisters – Blisters are a common problem for flip flop wearers as the toe post that goes between the big toe and the second toe can cause friction and pain, and even open wounds if the blister pops.
Hammer toes – Hammer toe deformities can be exacerbated by wearing flip flops and sandals with no fastening as you are relying on your toes to grip to the foot bed and keep it on your foot rather than a secure fastening holding your foot in place.