Flip Flop Facts

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Almost every girl loves her flip flops – they’re so cheap, cool and comfortable, and now come in a huge variety of styles and colors to match every outfit. My favorite and most comfortable pair of shoes ever are my $1.50 flip flops.

Flip flops have actually been around since ancient times, but became increasingly popular in the United States when soldiers would bring them home from Japan as souvenirs after World War II and again after the Korean War. Because they’re open and backless, with just a thong between the toes, they help keep the feet cool and are the next best thing to being able to walk around barefoot. What started off as a comfortable shoe to wear at the beach, has now become almost every girl’s essential footwear for those warm summer months.

I say ‘every girl’s’, but of course, men wear them too, however, I’m discussing women because doctors have become increasingly worried about the dangers of women wearing flip-flops because of the number of injuries they are now seeing.

The main problem is that there is no foot support. Most of the fashionable, women’s flip flops tend to be made of flimsy materials, which offer little cushioning between the foot and the ground. As a result, walking on hard surfaces is causing heel trauma, which could result in the development of a chronic inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis (now nicknamed flip flop disease). In very extreme cases, wearing flips flops for a prolonged period could eventually result in a stress fracture to the heel. Doctors are now also seeing an increasing number of sprains due to the lack of support they offer to the ankles and also fungal infections due to the constant friction from the thong and moisture between the toes.

Another reason why these are dangerous for woman is that the majority of women are used to wearing a heel and when they switch to wearing footwear which is completely flat, they are straining the Achilles tendon and the backs of their legs. Doctors see patients starting to suffer from pain caused by flip flops as little as two weeks into the warmer weather.

Furthermore, if your children are constantly wearing flip flops, then they may develop anatomical conditions such as flat foot syndrome.

Flip flops should therefore only be for occasional use, when you’re by the pool, on the beach, etc and otherwise you should wear something with more support for the heel and ankle. If you do want to wear them more often, then make sure you choose one of the sports brands or another high quality flip flop, which is much sturdier and offers cushioning for the soles and extra support for the feet. Take your time when buying, as you would with a normal pair of shoes – try them both on and walk around the store with them to make sure they are a comfortable fit, that the toe post isn’t rubbing, etc.

There are some other points to remember when you’re wearing flip flops:

  • Remember that your feet are almost fully exposed and therefore, you’re more prone to a foot injury; you will be at risk of scraping your foot, stubbing your toe or maybe even getting a bee sting on your foot! Also, be careful not to wear them when walking in long grass, where you’re more likely to be bitten.
  • If you’re going to be doing a lot of walking in the city, you should also consider purchasing quality flip flops with a substantial sole, since your feet are likely to pick up a lot of dirt and grime from the city streets. If you’re going to be doing anything more than a short walk on city streets, you also want to make sure that they’re comfortable and fit snugly around the feet.
  • Since you’re exposing most of your foot, make sure that you keep your feet well groomed with regular visits to the salon for a pedicure or buy yourself some foot grooming products – nail clippers, a foot file, foot cream and some nail polish. Not only do you want your feet to feel and look good, but it also makes it more pleasant for others to look at.

write by Maynard

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