A couple of years ago I noticed that walking in flip flops was getting harder for me. They just didn’t feel as comfortable as they once did and I wondered why I was finding it hard to walk in them without feeling like I was going to trip. I could tell that I was altering the way that I walked so that I wouldn’t literally walk right out of them.
Living in Florida, flip flops are pretty much a staple so I went to Dr. Google for answers and based on that research I spoke to my actual doctor. Turns out flip flops are evil and there are many reasons why you shouldn’t wear them but for the sake of time, I’m only going to talk about the most important reasons.
They offer no Protection for your feet
Flip flops offer little in the way of protection. Not only do they not cover your entire foot but they can easily break. I’ve actually seen women wearing flip flops on scooters and motorcycles and it makes me cringe. Imagine what would happen if they crashed. Even just walking around in flip flops leaves your feet vulnerable. I’ve dropped many things on my toes while wearing flip flops and I’m sure you have too.
They can cause foot pain and injury
Because flip flops offer little in the way of support, wearers often suffer from foot pain. In fact they can cause foot, heel, hip or back pain. When you’re wearing flip flops you take shorter strides and that causes you to scrunch up your toes to actually grasp the shoes, and that can cause serious issues, including hammertoe.
And flip flops are typically flat which means they don’t bend like your foot does when you walk which alters your gait and can affect your posture. Flip flops can also cause blisters and heel pain.
*Warning the next picture is really gross….
No, I mean really, it is gross…
If you have a weak stomach, you probably don’t want to see it….
You’ve been warned….
Flip flops can expose you to bacterial and fungal infections
When your feet are exposed as much as they are in flip flops you’re susceptible to all of the bacterial, fungal and even viral infections that you walk over. Since most of us wear flip flops outside just imagine what your feet are coming in contact with, that’s a gross thought.
Flip Flops are dangerous
Research has shown that people who wear flip flops take shorter strides and that slows you down but it can also make you clumsy and that can increase your risk of tripping.
Flip Flops can be toxic
Some flip flops contain BPA which has been linked to cancer and some contain latex which causes an allergic reaction in some people.
These days I’d much rather be comfortable and injury free.
How do you feel about flip flops?
If you wear them, what type of flip flops do you wear?