Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reconsider Your Footwear Choice: The Truth About Flip-flops

After experiencing many glimmers of sunshine and the Groundhog's official sighting, the long awaited Spring has finally arrived. With it's arrival it graces us with many pleasures, and of the many, Spring attire might just top the list. A common and popular footwear choice for the Spring and Summer months are Flip-flops.
 However, this seemingly innocent and harmless footwear choice does not provide you with much support. Here are some dos and don’ts of flip-flops to consider this year.

Shop for high-quality, soft leather flip-flops to minimize potential blisters and other types of irritation. Don’t wear the same pair of flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs for wear-and-tear, and if they are in bad shape throw them out.

Look for flip-flops that will allow for the most normal foot function possible. Two good brands to look for are FitFlop and Chaco. These products are evaluated by a team of APMA podiatrists and given a Seal of Acceptance. Don’t ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and possible infections.

Gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot (No shoe should ever fold in half). Don’t wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest flip-flops offer little in terms of shock absorption and arch support. Wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in a hotel room and in the locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete’s foot. Don’t do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed-eater.

Ensure that your foot doesn’t hang off the edge of the flip=flop. Don’t play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.

Follow theses Do’s and Don’ts to ensure you are fit to flip-flop this spring!

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