Foot foes: flip-flops!

Summer means days at the beach and backyard barbecues. Before heading out the door, we slip on our go-to flip-flops. You might want to reconsider that footwear choice.

Flip-flops may be comfortable, fun and even fashionable. However, flip flops are bad for your feet and your posture. Sure, wearing them for a couple of hours at the beach is fine. But, avoid standing in them for long periods of time or walking long distances.

So, what’s the problem with flip-flops? The biggest culprits are the lack of arch support and cushioning. Further, the American Podiatric Medical Association states that flip-flops can lead to overuse of tendons and muscles in your feet and in your back, hips, ankles and knees.

The way we walk while wearing flip-flops can lead to pain from the foot and then up to the hips and low back. We take shorter steps because we have to grip the flip-flops with our toes, and our heels hit the ground with more force since there’s very little cushioning.

Flip-flops don’t have the arch supports which help keep our knees, heels and back aligned. So, our joints try to compensate which can lead to injuries and pain.

If you just can’t give up your flip-flops, then chose ones with a stiffer sole and an arch. Buy a new pair every year, so you’re not wearing some that are worn out.

Better than flip-flops, try sandals. With a stiffer sole and straps that cross your foot, it will help distribute the pressure on your foot more evenly.

Of course, chiropractic adjustments help keep you aligned no matter what you wear on your feet.

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