Are Flip-Flops Bad for My Feet?

Blogs, / By Koh Peh Chia

We spend most of our time wearing flip-flops as it not the comfiest of all the shoes we have, but it’s also convenient and great for lazy or rainy days. However, have you noticed that it also causes aches and pains in your feet?

Are Flip-flips really bad?

The answer can be YES and NO.

Flip flops are a better shoe choice when heading to the beach or lounging by the pool. It’s alright to wear them in adequate time and when you’re not walking too much.

BUT if you wear them most of the time of most of the activities, they can be really bad for your feet.

How Bad it can be with Flip-flops?

Plantar Fasciitis

When you wear flip flops your toes tend to over-grip. This is because the thin straps don’t firmly hold your shoes in place. This over-gripping, along with a lack of arch support, can lead to inflammation in the plantar fascia along the bottom side of your foot. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common and painful condition which results of over-wearing flip flops.

Heel Pain

As there is no cushioning and shock absorption between your heel and the ground, you may find your heels aching after too much time spent walking around in flip-flops. This can result in heel pain as your heel takes the brunt of the load with each step you walk.

Ankle Sprains

Wearing flip flops can also cause ankle sprains. This is because of the lack of support, increasing your chances of tripping or falling.

Other Types of Foot Pain

Flip flops can also exacerbate other types of foot pain, from bunions to tendonitis. And since your feet aren’t covered or well-protected, you’re at greater risk for cuts, insect bites and infection.

How to Choose Flip Flops?

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