Flips flops are fashionable and fit well within most budgets, but could they be hurting your feet? According to an article written by Melissa Heyboer, they certainly are. In fact, flip flops not only cause your feet to hurt, but you could actually be hurting your joints due to improper support. Flips flops are relatively flat and don't offer much support for your arches, toes, heels or ankles. You are actually leaving yourself vulnerable to injuries as well. If you have conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, you are leaving yoursef open to further damaging your feet.
However, not many people know that they are causing this damage to themselves by wearing flip flops. Actually, you may even believe that you are doing your feet a favor by letting them be free in your open toed shoes, when the reality of it is much different. Flip flops can damage tendons, weaken arches and leave your feet open to injuries such as someone stepping on your toes. These are factors that should be taken into consideration when you decide to wear flip flops, especially if you have had previous foot injuries and foot pain.
However, this is not to say that all flip flops are bad. There are flip flops out there that can be good for your feet. For instance, a flip flop that has arch support, flexes appropriately and has a slight elevation in the heel would be a quality sandal according to the article. Otherwise, you can opt to purchase an orthotic sandal which offers all of these and are typically designed by a podiatrist. Both of these options allow you to wear the sandals you love while taking care of your feet. A great example of these sandals are put out by Spenco called the Spenco Total Support Sandals. They support your feet while still providing the flip flop look you are going for.
You don't have to stop wearing flip flops, you just need to start purchasing the right ones for your feet.