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10 Things to Know About Flip-Flops (Video)

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10 Things to Know About Flip-Flops (Video)

Are your flip-flops harming your foot health? The wrong footwear is often the chief cause of foot pain, and many types of flip-flops can cause foot problems due to lack of support and other factors, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

The wrong flip-flops can leave you vulnerable to sprained ankles, ligament injuries, and a higher incidence of cuts, scrapes, and stubbed toes.

“During the warmer months of the year, many podiatrists treat a greater number of foot problems that can be traced back to wearing flip-flops,” said Michael King, DPM, president of APMA. “However, people don’t have to give up wearing this type of footwear altogether. There are certain types of flip-flops that offer a superior amount of stability and support than others.”

The APMA offers 5 Do’s and 5 Don’ts to avoid a flip-flop fiasco.

5 Flip-flop Do’s:

1. Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.

2. Do wear a sturdy pair of flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker room areas. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete’s foot.

3. Do ensure that your foot doesn’t hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.

4. Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.

5. Do look for flip-flops that hold APMA’s Seal of Acceptance. Evaluated by a team of APMA podiatrists, these products are shown to allow for the most normal foot function and promote quality health.

Next: 5 Flip-Flop Don’ts & the Video

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5:56PM PDT on Jun 16, 2015

I have always liked flip flops, although I wear more supportive ones now.

2:39PM PDT on Apr 24, 2015

Great, I don´t wear flip flops at all, wore them as a child/teenie in the late 70´s and early 80´s but only when my family was at a lake, but I often see women walking in flip flops in town in summer.... Thanks for sharing!!!

3:14AM PDT on Apr 22, 2015


12:37AM PDT on Apr 18, 2015

uhhhh ?
Flip Flop,,,, not with me..... watch out if you have fungi on your feet, dont wear them

1:42PM PDT on Apr 17, 2015

I don't know how anybody gets used to that thing between their toes. Painful!

8:46AM PDT on Apr 15, 2015

I have NEVER liked flip flops and never will. Out here in the country, there's just too much that can attack your feet if you don't wear sensible boots when outside.

6:33AM PDT on Apr 15, 2015

I like flip-flops, though.

6:31AM PDT on Apr 15, 2015

The record was broken by the guy who wore flip-flops while riding a motorbike and the skin got ripped off his foot.

5:00AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Life simple wisdom that makes the difference

8:24PM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Thanks for sharing

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