With the summertime approaching, it is important to understand what can happen with long periods of flip flop wearing. Flip flops are constructed to just cover the bottoms of your feet. They give no support.  For use in showers and pools, they are fine. As far as your regular walking pattern is concerned, flip flops will cause your arch to roll in, have your toes contract, and pinch your nerves. This can lead to bunions, hammertoes, and nerve pain. Blisters can arise and your heels can get dry and possibly crack due to exposure and side to side movement. If you enjoy wearing open shoes in the summer, there are many manufacturers making arch supported, crepe soled sandals. They should have an adjustable strap across the middle of the foot and be supported in the back of the heel to lock it in place when you strike the ground. We want you to enjoy the summer without foot pain.
Bradford J. Jacobs, DPM, FACFAS
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Providing foot care for the entire family, specializing in treating sports injuries and ingrown nails