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Podiatrist in Plano, TX: Sandals vs. Flip-Flops

podiatrist in plano txSummer is here, and many people are breaking out their flip-flops to cool their feet down! While flip-flops may be the go-to summer shoe, they’re not good for your foot and ankle health. Thankfully, a few alternatives can provide the same comfort and airflow without sacrificing your feet. Our podiatrist in Plano, TX, explains more below.

Why Are Flip-Flops Bad?

Flip-flops can be worn in moderation (such as at the pool or beach for a limited amount of time), but frequently wearing them can cause damage. They offer no arch support and have no padding to cushion your feet when you walk, which leads to excess pressure on the bones and pain in the heel and arch of the foot. Additionally, people also tend to grip the strap between the big toe and second toe to keep the flip-flop from slipping off. This causes pain in the toes and other foot muscles. 

Conditions Flip-Flops Cause

Flip-flops can cause poor posture since they don’t offer the proper support. They can also cause:

  • Increased risk of foot and ankle injury
  • Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the arch of the foot)
  • Heel pain
  • Hammertoes and stubbed toes
  • Nail and foot fungus
  • Blisters where the strap rubs against the toe

In addition to foot, ankle, and back problems, flip-flops make it dangerous to drive and make it more likely for you to trip and fall.

Alternatives to Flip-Flops

If you want to keep the open feeling of flip-flops but don’t want to wear sneakers during the summer, look for sandals with more support. Arch support, ankle straps, and additional surface straps can prevent foot pain while keeping you cool. Some alternative options include espadrilles, slip-on shoes, and orthotic sandals. Ensure that you have plenty of arch support and that they fit you perfectly when you try them on!

Contact Our Podiatrist in Plano, TX, Today To Learn More!

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Plano, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.

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