Tips for Wearing Flip Flops this summer

With the spring upon us, and the summer fast approaching, it’s about that time again, when we trade in our spring rain boots, and hard bottoms, for the comfort and breeziness of a pair of nice flip flops. The perfect footwear to hit the beach, and allow your feet to breath, countless men, women and children will be in flip flops all day long. And according to Dr. Katz, the top podiatrist Manhattan has to offer flip flops are some of the best and worst footwear options out there, offering a variety of benefits, as well as a strong risk of injury. To better understand all there is to know about flip flops, here is some important information to know.

Some Important Benefits of Flip Flops

With the summer being flip flop season, Dr. Katz, the top podiatrist Manhattan has in practice, often recommends many of his clients to wear them as much as possible. The main benefits of wearing flip flops arise from their openness, and the fact that they allow the foot to breath more so than any other footwear option available. Throughout his years as a podiatrist Manhattan foot specialist Dr. Katz, has encountered quite a few different skin conditions which mainly affect the feet, especially the skin along the feet. Some of these conditions include things like psoriasis, eczema, athlete’s foot, and more. These skin conditions most commonly come about as a result of the feet being sweaty, and enclosed in a dark, moist area in which fungi and bacteria tend to thrive. One of the things an individual can do for these types of skin & nail fungus issues, is to allow the feet to “breath” and be exposed to open air of the environment. When these feet are enclosed by socks and shoes, the bacteria and fungus can proliferate and even with topical creams & ointments, it can be difficult for them to heal.

Another benefit of wearing flip flops is that the feet are exposed to the sun. According to Dr. Katz, the top podiatrist Manhattan has practicing, sunlight, while it can be a detriment to the skin in some ways, can also help to heal other skin disorders as well.

Negatives of Flip Flops

Despite the benefits of the openness of flip flops, there are also many disadvantages to wearing them as well. The vast majority of flip flops lack of foot and ankle support, and therefore can cause issues with stability. One of the most common issues that can occur when you wear flip flops is the possibility of plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory issue that occurs along the bottom of the foot and the heel. Again, because of the lack of support, there is an unnecessary amount of strain being put on the bottom of the foot. According to Dr. Katz, the top podiatrist Manhattan has to offer, this lack of support at the base of the flip flops can cause other issues such as heel spurs, blisters, arthritis, bunions, and more.

In addition to issues with the bottom of the foot, flip flops can also cause unnecessary stress or strain on the knee joints. This causes the knee joint to turn inwards, and in-turn, put stress on the hip joints – considering that each successive joint must work harder to make up for the weakness in the one below. With all this added stress, the cartilage in the knees and hips can begin to deteriorate over time. Studies have actually shown that men and women who wear flip flops in beach towns or areas with a warm climate have a higher likelihood of needing hip and knee replacements, as a result. Some important ways to lessen the strain on the feet, knees, and hips include:

·         Don’t wear flip flops for doing anything strenuous or even walking for too long a distance.

·         Make sure they fit right, without your feet hanging off the ends.

·         Wear strong, stable flip flops with firmer bottoms.

·         Wear flip flops with built in arch support.

·         Leather flip flops are better than rubber or plastic ones.

·         Like shoes, they need to be broken in.

For more information on footwear tips be sure to contact Dr. Katz today.