I find it rather ironic that our mothers take great care in protecting our little feet when we are babies. When we’re ready to wear our first pair of shoes, for example, our mothers make sure to choose footwear that supports and protects our developing feet. Then, once we become teenagers and start to buy our own footwear, fashion takes over, and the protection and health of our feet are often ignored. Casual footwear is as popular as ever nowadays. That’s evident by the number of people you see wearing tennis shoes, walking shoes, loafers, flip flops and sandals. Another plus to wearing flip slops and sandals is that they’re inexpensive to buy. According to the experts, wearing flip flops and sandals every now and then won’t harm your feet. But, if you live in this type of casual footwear during the warm-weather months, then you need to know about the dangers of wearing flip flops and sandals.
When the mercury in the thermometer rises during the warmer summer months, most everyone looks for ways to stay cool and comfortable. In many cases, people kick off their tennis shoes and other casual footwear, and slip on their flip flops and sandals instead. That’s perfectly understandable. But there are dangers in wearing flip flops and sandals. The least of your health worries in wearing flip flops and sandals day after day is getting blisters and dry heels. Those can be easily treated, and even avoided, if you wear a pair of socks with your sandals, according to the experts. Blisters and dry heels will be the least of your foot problems unless you stub your toes or drop a heavy object on your foot, that is. Do that and you could easily end up in your local emergency room with a broken toe or foot.
Both flip flops and sandals offer virtually no protection for your feet. Even the soles are mostly thin and flexible, and give your feet minimal protection from stepping on broken glass and other sharp objects. Did you know that stepping on gravel and other hard materials can actually bruise your feet if they aren’t protected? And, the soles on most flip flops and sandals you see on the market are often smooth and slippery. That can lead to falling accidents.
More serious than getting a blister or a dry heel from wearing this type of casual footwear is the damage they do to your muscles and arches. Flip flops are known to present the worst dangers in this area. You see, being that you need to flex your feet to keep flip flops (and some types of sandals) on, that puts an added strain on those muscles. Not mention that they don’t give your arches the support they need either. Without proper arch support, the heels of your feet absorb more of the pressure when you walk.
Unfortunately, the dangers of wearing flip flops and sandals don’t end there. According to the experts, wearing flip flops and sandals actually changes the shape of your feet. Wear them too often, and the bones in your feet can actually spread out. Wearing this type of casual footwear can take a toll on your knees and the muscles in your calves too because of the lack of support.
Flip flops and sandals even change your posture and place more stress on your back!
If you’re set on wearing flip flops and sandals from time to time, to avoid some of the dangers associated with this footwear, at least follow some advice from The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. The Society suggests that sandal-wearers choose styles that sport a small heel on them. Wearing even a slight heel is better than wearing flat footwear.
It’s also recommended that you not wear flip flops or sandals on days when you’re going to be walking a lot. Or, be standing on your feet for long periods of time.
To lessen the dangers of wearing flip flops and sandals, look for styles that give your feet needed support. Casual footwear that offer built-in supports for your arches are the best.
And finally, choose footwear that’s made of leather and other sturdy material as opposed to plastic and other cheap materials.