By gary @foothealthpodiatry.com
August 07, 2014
Category: Foot Care
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flip flopsFlip-flops are popularized during the warmer months of the year. However, not only are they generally bad for your feet, flip flops can actually be just as bad for driving too. Experts say that driving while wearing flip-flops may actually increase the chances of getting into car crashes.

Insurers and road safety experts state that flip-flops can get caught underneath the pedals, interfering with the driver’s braking ability. Wearing flip-flops also delays the time the driver has to step on the brakes in order to apply enough pressure to make a complete stop.

Flip flops are generally ill-advised for your feet. If your foot or ankle is injured, see podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jiménez will treat your podiatric needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  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. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  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 and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet. 

For more information about Flip Flops and the Feet, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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