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Exercises to Offset the Flip Flop Craze

Tuesday, 12 September 2023 00:00

Flip flops are a summertime staple loved for their easy, breezy style. However, those flat, flimsy soles can spell trouble for your feet. Wearing flip-flops excessively can lead to issues such as arch pain, plantar fasciitis, and even knee problems due to the lack of support. To counter these drawbacks, incorporating foot exercises into your routine can be a game changer. This can begin with towel scrunches, which are done by gripping a towel with your toes and pulling it toward you. Toe stretches can be performed by picking up marbles with your toes, improving flexibility. Calf raises strengthen the lower leg muscles. Additionally, performing the ankle alphabet is a simple way to enhance mobility. Practicing these exercises regularly may mitigate the pitfalls of wearing flip-flops and help maintain happy, healthy feet the year round. If you have questions about what foot stretches are best for you, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Milos Tomich, DPM from Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. 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 one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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