But if yours happen to be a pair of flip-flops, freeze right there. We have a few good reasons why you should stop wearing flip-flops right now.
These simple sandals have been popular for decades, and they’ve been doing a number on our toesies for just as long.
Don’t get us wrong, we totally see the appeal of a comfy and simple shoe that you can just slide right on.
Unfortunately, the simplicity of the shoe also makes it a foot doctor’s nightmare.
A gentle foot massage might be able to temporarily alleviate the pain, but the best option might be to stop wearing flip-flops entirely.
While it’s fine to wear them to the beach or in the shower at the gym, these floppy sandals leave your vulnerable feet open to all sorts of accidents and injuries.
Scroll through below to learn why you should stop wearing flip-flops whenever possible.
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What Are Flip-Flops?
Why Are Flip-Flops Bad For You?
#1: They Cause Bunions
#2: They Don’t Support Your Arches
One of the biggest problems with flip-flops is that most of them have virtually zero arch support.
Every foot has a bit of natural arch to it in the middle. Shoes with arch support inside carry the weight of your foot and preserve the shape of your arch.
Without arch support, we get back to an earlier point. Your ligaments and tendons will start to tug in all the wrong directions to compensate.
All that tugging on the ligaments translates to one thing: pain in your feet, which might trigger bunions, heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis.
#3: They Let Fungus Fester
#4: They Make Blisters Erupt
#5: They Hammer Your Toes
Wearing a shoe without good support puts a lot of unnecessary stress on all parts of your foot.
For instance, your toes can get all out of whack from two major factors: the lack of arch support, and the thong threaded between your big toe and your second.
Flip-flops force your toes to curl and your tendons to tug.
Over time, that can give you a condition called hammertoe, where one toe crosses over its neighbor. It’s not pretty, and often requires surgery to fix.
#6: They’re A Stumbling Block
A lot of middle schools and high schools actually ban flip-flops now, because they are such a hazard to kids’ health.
That’s because it’s incredibly easy to trip and fall while wearing these floppy shoes. It’s just as easy for someone passing to step on your shoe and pull you up short.
Basically, any shoe that doesn’t fully stay on your foot is a recipe for twisted ankles, stubbed toes, and trip-and-fall accidents.
#7: They Slow You Down
#8: They Hurt Your Heel
We all know the sound flip-flops make when you walk in them: “Slap-slap-slap.”
That’s the sound of the soles hitting your heels, and your heels hitting the pavement, over and over again.
Flip-flops basically force you to step in such a way that all your weight comes down hard on your heels.
That makes them ache like heck, and the added pressure on the skin can also lead them to develop calluses and cracked skin — not a look anyone wants in sandal weather.
Long story short? Flip-flops may have a place on the beach, but for running around town, only a sturdy shoe will do.
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