Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Danger of Flip Flops

Flip flops are a common shoe to slip on during warmer weather. However, it can really wreak havoc on the body if they are worn for long periods of time. At Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center in San Rafael, CA, we want our patients to understand that good spine health starts from the ground up.

Flip-flops are one of the least supportive shoes out there. Walking on a thin, flat shoe all day can lead to overuse of the toes, abnormal stress on the foot, tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis. Because the shoe gives so little support, the toes have to grip the flip-flop to stay in the shoe. Overuse can lead to tendonitis in the toes and the Achilles’ tendon. Overuse and also lack of support can cause plantar fasciitis and over-pronation, which means the arch flattens out. Pain, irritation, and a flattened arch can lead to walking differently, which can lead to pain up your legs to your hips, back, and neck.

It is best to wear supportive shoes, however, if you still desire to wear flip flops, make sure they have arch support and a thicker toe strap. Sandals with straps that go across your feet are often more supportive than ones that have the piece in between your big toe and the rest of your toes.

Wearing flip flops now and then like when you are near the pool is okay, but frequent, everyday use can lead to problems. To schedule an appointment with Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center in San Rafael, CA, call us at (415) 721-7520 or visit our website,

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