Foot doctors in a flap over flimsy flip-flop fad
The sun is shining, it's a beautiful day, wouldn't it be great not to wear socks and just put on a pair of flip-flops? We see flip-flops everywhere during the summer months and who could blame the flip-flop wearers. It can be fairly comfortable and quite fashionable.
Sorry about the bad news, but many research has been conducted on these rubber pieces with straps and the results aren't too promising. First of all, we have previous articles written about flip-flops linking to cancer. Secondly, in this article, flip-flops are antagonizing the feet and lower-legs which causes a strain on the hips and lower back.
As versatile as they are comfortable, the rubbery sandals are worn by the young and old, the fashion conscious and fashion oblivious. People don them with suits, three-piece and swim varieties.
Too bad, then, that podiatrists and researchers say flip-flops hurt our feet and lead to lower-leg injuries.
Researchers at Auburn University, studying the bio-mechanics of flip-flop use compared against that of athletic shoes, found that the distinct change of gait among sandal-wearers puts strain on the arch, ankle, even the hips and lower back.
"There's a larger angle in your ankle in flip-flops," said Justin Shroyer, the lead researcher. "That could be because people are gripping with their toes so the flip-flop won't fly off."
Here are some tips for wearing flip flops
Look for flip-flops made of high-quality, soft leather to minimize the potential for blisters and other irritation.
Look for flip-flops that carry the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance, which are those that allow for the most normal foot function.
Gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring that it bends naturally at the ball of the foot. Shoes should never fold in half.
Ensure that your foot doesn't hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.
Here are some NOT TO DOs about flipflops
Wear them year after year. Toss them if the soles are severely worn out .
Ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. It can lead to blisters and even worse irritation.
Wear walk long distances in them. Even the sturdiest ones offer little shock absorption and arch support.
Do yard work in them. Wear a shoe that fully protects the foot when mowing the lawn or using a string trimmer.
Play sports in flip-flops.
I wonder if I went out on the streets and showed pedestrians these results, would they even care. Besides the looks, flip-flops are horrible on the body. Personally, I wear flip-flops all the time even after knowing about the health risks. I don't think any research and results will stop people from wearing these rubber pieces.