Doctors Fight Flip-Flops in a Battle for the Sole

Doctors have been waging a long—and often bleak—war against aesthetic-based products and practices that have damaging effects on health.  Recently, this ferocious and ever-changing opponent has flared up in the form of the flip-flop.

Flip flops are notorious for flat bottoms with minimal arch support or shock absorption, and have been contributing to an increased prevalence of plantar fasciitis among teens and young adults.  Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissue running along the base of the foot, and generally afflicts an older generation.  “We’re seeing more heel pain than ever in patients 15 to 25 years old, a group that usually doesn’t have this problem,” said Dr. H. Ashley Ledger, a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Most cases of plantar fasciitis will heal without invasive procedures if treated properly.  If you are suffering from heel pain or have questions about the harm your shoes may be causing, contact podiatrist Dr. Kevin F. Sunshein, DPM of Sunshein Podiatry Associates. Dr. Sunshein will treat all of your podiatric needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Centerville, OH. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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