flip flopsSkylar and Penny Manning are admirers of the fun, and free-flowing open toed shoes we like to call flip-flops. “They’re very comfortable, easy to put on, I don’t get blisters like I would have with tennis shoes and they’re lightweight,” Penny Manning said. “I have at least 15 to 20 pairs of flip-flops.”

However, not too many people are fans of flip-flops, as the strip between the toes may become bothersome and irritating. “I don’t like the way they feel between my toes,” Tonya Taylor said. “I would rather wear sneakers.” Medical expert John Whyte posted a story in The Huffington Post in 2011, saying “A … study found that flip-flop wearers tend to grip the footwear with their toes, causing shorter stride length and improper force when their feet hit the ground.

Speaking to a podiatrist like Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey help you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that your feet stay healthy while wearing flip flops.

Flip-Flops and Feet

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

  • 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 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; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too. Replacing your flip-flops every 3-4 months is suggested to provide maximum support and protection for your feet.

If you have any questions, contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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