The Dangers of Flip Flops
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Winter, spring, summer or fall it doesn't matter the time of year people love wearing flip flops but there are dangers that can sneak up on you years down the line.
"They have no arch support but they're comfortable," says Laura John who wears hers everyday and doesn't even care about the negative affects. She says she likes how easy they are to slip on," I have to wear my heels for work. Otherwise, I wear them all the time."
Flip flops with thin soles and tiny straps are bad for your feet. There's no ankle support, no arch support plus pay attention to how your toes grip the sole every time you take a step."
Dr. Kevin Molan of Carmel Foot Specialists says that can lead to hammertoe, pain and even surgery, "Arch pain, nerve pain, morton's neuroma which is nerve inflammation underneath the ball of the foot, metatarsal pain and different tendinitis."
The 2012 National Foot Health Assessment says 78% of adults over 21 report having one foot problem. Ankle sprains are the leading issue.
Dr Molan says not all flip flops are bad ,"Try to find flip flops that have a higher arch for more arch support and a deeper heel cup. Find a thicker sole just enough so that it protects your foot."
Wear flip flops in moderation and remember sneakers provide the best support.