If you are prone to foot problems or concerned with overall foot health, you may want to stay away from this comfy little number. Fifty percent of Americans have experienced foot pain or discomfort at some point, and improper footwear is the leading cause, according to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).
“Non-support flip-flops cause a common foot injury known as plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot and the heel,” says podiatrist Phillip Vasyli, co-founder with integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil, (Weil Integrative Footwear). “Flip flops leave feet prone to common muscle overuse injuries, which can be easily prevented with the right footwear.”
The good news is that you can find flip flops that are healthy for your feet. The APMA offers tips for choosing Flip flops:
- Look for those that have earned the APMA’s seal of acceptance.
- Choose flip flops that bend only at the ball of the foot. You shouldn’t be able to bend the shoe in half.
- Select high-quality, soft leather for the thong and a sturdy, comfortable, supportive base.
- Choose the correct size so your toes or heels don’t hang off the edge of the sole.
- Replace last year’s worn flip flops. Cracked or frayed shoes may cause foot irritation and provide inadequate support.
- Wear your supportive flip flops at the pool, beach or for a fun evening. Save them for another time if you’re planning on doing yard work, playing sports or walking for long periods of time.
Excerpts from Pennysaver 2012