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How Flip Flops Modify Ankle Biomechanics

Wearing flip-flops can significantly alter ankle biomechanics and foot-loading patterns, leading to various potential foot problems. Unlike supportive shoes, flip-flops lack arch support, cushioning, and stability. This minimalistic design forces the wearer to grip the footwear with their toes, causing unnatural foot mechanics. As a result, the ankle and surrounding muscles compensate for the instability, which can lead to altered gait patterns and increased strain on the lower leg. This compensation can cause overuse injuries, such as tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. Furthermore, the lack of support in flip-flops often results in uneven weight distribution across the foot. Typically, more pressure is placed on the heel and ball of the foot, which can lead to discomfort and pain over time. If you have endured foot pain or have developed a foot condition from wearing flip-flops, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer relief methods and guide you toward wearing more supportive shoes.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Scott Amoss, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists. our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle 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; they're 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 regularly 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

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Whiting and Toms River, NJ .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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