For many, flip-flops are a warm weather essential. Did you know that flip flops can be seriously damaging to your feet? Flip-flops are fine if you plan to slip them on for a quick trip to the store, but they should not be worn for extended periods of time.
Because of the design of standard rubber flip-flops, your toes have to grip extra hard to keep them on your feet. The overuse of these muscles over time can cause inflammation of the tendons in your feet. Flip-flops can also cause hammertoes and create or worsen bunions.
Lack of cushioning in most rubber flip-flops can also lead to stress fractures over time. The foot needs some support to cushion the bones under the weight of your body as it is in motion. Standard flip-flops don’t offer any cushioning or arch support.
The lack of support in a flip-flop changes your entire gait (the way you walk). This affects your posture as well as cause pain in your ankles, knees, hips and back.
While cheap flip-flops can be a cute and inexpensive accessory to throw on poolside, try not to make them an everyday staple. Opt for sandals or flip flops with better cushioning and arch support like the ones below. Your entire body will thank you!
As you can see in the image above, Lynco Flips help to properly position the foot and ankle to align the body and prevent over pronation. In comparison, the leather and rubber flip flops offer little to no support, allowing the ankle to roll inward, causing misalignment.
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