Think Twice About Flip-Flops

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Summer is in full swing and many people are choosing to wear flip-flops. They are comfortable, inexpensive, stylish, and convenient. However, most podiatrists recommend that patients refrain from wearing flip-flops or save them for occasional use, as they can cause a wide range of foot injuries, some of which can be chronic. 

In one recent study, nearly 13% of footwear-related emergency room visits were attributable to flip-flops.  Common injuries caused by flip-flops include cuts and scrapes, blisters, sunburn, and sprained ankles.

Daily wearing of flip-flops can cause stress fractures of the metatarsals, the long bones in the feet. Unlike a sudden fracture that is typically the result of accident or trauma, a stress fracture happens as the result of repetitive stress to a bone over a long period of time. Stress fractures usually begin with a low level of discomfort that comes and goes, and progress to more intense pain that won’t go away.

Inexpensive flip-flops consist only of a flat sole and toe thong made of plastic or rubber. The lack of arch support commonly causes plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the thick band of tissue along the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by heel pain, especially in the morning. 

If you do opt for flip-flops, invest in a high-quality pair with contoured, thick soles that offer support and protection for your feet.  They will cost more, but will last for years and may just save you from illness and injury.

If you suspect that flip-flops have caused a problem, or if you have any other concerns about the health and well-being of your feet, ankles, and lower legs, a visit to the podiatrist’s office is in order. With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is the best-qualified medical professional to help you. Click here or call Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care at 443-872-7052 to schedule a convenient appointment with Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova in our comfortable Pikesville office. Our doctors will conduct a thorough examination culminating in an accurate diagnosis, and then work with you to create an effective and individualized plan for treatment and follow up care.