Warm weatheris in season and more people will be donning flip flops as a response. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, flip flops do not provide much support for the feet and flip flops have been proven to cause serious foot related injuries and conditions.
With no straps around the ankle, the joint stays unsecured. Podiatrists across the nation urge flip flop wearers to check their footwear to ensure it is safe to wear in accordance to APMA Seal of Acceptance/Approval Program. The APMA program recognizes flip flops and other footwear that is safe to wear on your feet. Doctors also advise to not wear flip flops for extended periods of time. “Use it wisely. A few hours here and there” said Dr. Larry Ketner, a podiatrist currently studying this case from Peru.
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
· Cuts and Scrapes
I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?
If you decide 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.