Flip flopsPeople were sitting on roofs, leaning out the sills of their windows, and hanging from lamp posts just to catch a glimpse of more than 10,000 men and women marching down lower Manhattan for the first Labor Day Parade on September 5, 1882. The after party in Reservoir Park was filled with more than 25,000 people drinking lager, eating, and smoking cigars until nightfall. By 1885, this type of ruckus was being repeated across the United States, a celebration of the “workingmen’s holiday.” Hopefully, nobody was wearing flip-flops during this momentous occasion—a shoe choice infamously known for the foot problems it creates.

The way you walk changes once you slip on these shoes, also known as “thongs.” There’s less cushioning and shock absorption for the heel when it hits the ground. When you’re wearing this type of sandal, you unconsciously try to hit the ground with less force on your heel, which causes your entire foot strike to change. An abnormal foot strike could be the reason you develop bunions, sudden ankle sprains, and other problems caused from overpronating.  

Heel pain is created by a lack of arch support, which is also a flip-flop feature. You may contract plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of tissue that stretches from the ball of your foot to the heel. This develops from overuse and too little support, and is known for creating a sharp pain across the arch as well.

Your toes must also grip extra hard to keep the sandal on your foot, since they don’t have a heel strap. This creates problems like hammertoes, tendinitis, and blisters between the toes. Minimal protection can create a dangerous environment for your digits. You can stub them and also drop something heavy on your foot, a perfect scenario for broken toes.

When you need treatment for problems caused by flip-flops, call our office at (916) 961-3434, serving Carmichael, Citrus Heights, and the surrounding Sacramento community. McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group can also be followed on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook!

Dr. Brian McDowell
Dr. Brian McDowell, board-certified podiatrist, provides cutting-edge foot and ankle care in Carmichael, CA.
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