Its summer time and most people want to beat the heat wearing minimal clothing, along with flip-flops. Foot surgeon Dr. Gary Stewart with Resurgens Orthopedics states wearing flip-flops is okay, but only to lounge around in.

Dr. Stewart states flip-lops don’t offer support, and provide zero stability. Often times, patients seek advice of what is appropriate to wear for their feet during the dog days of summer. With the help of Dr. James  Ricketti at James C. Ricketti, DPM, will assist you with your needs for healthy feet function.  

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  These shows are perceived as comfortable and are often the stylish alternative during the warmer months.  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 are more susceptible to injuries and other ailments due to the open nature of the shoes.  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, high quality soles to support your feet properly.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand. Replacing your flip-flops every 3-4 months is suggested to provide maximum support and protection for your feet. Also, avoid wearing flip-flops daily or for extended periods of time. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Hamilton Square, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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