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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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5:00AM PDT on Jul 22, 2014

Life simple wisdom that makes the difference

8:24PM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Thanks for sharing

6:14AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Thank you :)

5:47AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Interesting! Thanks so much.

2:57AM PDT on May 15, 2014

Thank you :)

8:11PM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thank you.

6:45AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

2:47AM PDT on May 28, 2013

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11:00AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Had a pair to match every outfit I had and always looked great. Then one day I got out of bed and could no longer walk caused from plantar fascitis. All my flipflops went in the recycling bin and only scoot around in a supportive pair at the beach, pool or on the patio. If you live long enough, wear cheap flipflops with no arch support, you will see what I mean and I mean not pretty when you feel like you'll be hobbling the rest of your days.

9:55PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Thanks for the info!

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