When you wear sandals with little arch support, they cause your stride, natural movement and overall biomechanics to change due to the continuous gripping of your toes. When your manner of walking changes or foot pain intensifies, the pain and condition you’re experiencing can spread to other joints and muscles.
- While flip flops are a great go-to for the summer months spent lounging by the beach or pool, limiting flip flop use as much as possible when planning to walk longer distances is strongly recommended.
- Avoid wearing flip flops for a prolonged period of time to prevent the aches and pains in your feet and legs, and opt for a sport sandal, which will have greater contact with your foot and provide better control
- Find a pair that offers arch support and cushion, but also has a stiff sole that only slightly bends.
- Look for sandals that provide security to your heels as a means of keeping your foot grounded and to lessen the stress of actively having to hold onto the sandal with the scrunching of your toes.
- Be mindful of the activities you are engaging in while wearing flip flops or sandals. Avoid jumping and running in them, because sprained ankles, falls, stubbed toes, and other injuries commonly happen in the summer when people trip from their unsupportive flip flops.
- Visit your physician or a local orthopedic doctor if you are experiencing signs such as extreme and constant pain, inflammation, locking or popping of the joints or bone, redness and swelling and/or stiffness or inability to move. Ignoring such pain and/or continuing the constant use of flip flops will only increase and intensify that pain, creating more serious conditions and damage to the bones, muscles and joints throughout your body.
Dr. Tauro is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Ocean County Sports Medicine, located in Toms River, NJ. He specializes in the prevention and treatment of sports injuries and degenerative joint conditions, and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in the development of advanced minimally-invasive treatment methods and procedures. Dr. Tauro also serves as Associate Professor of Orthopedics at Rutgers Medical School. More information on Dr. Tauro and his practice can be found at www.oceancountysportsmedicine.com or by calling (732) 341-6226.
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