Flip-flops have their purpose, but walking in them all day shouldn’t be one of them. “They provide no arch support, and they offer very little cushioning,” says Tony Wanich, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Plus, your exposed tootsies have no protection against sharp objects and dirt, and your ankles are sans support altogether.
Sidestep it: Unless you’re hanging out in a locker room, poolside, or on the beach, skip the flips and select a sturdier shoe. “As we get older, we tend to have collapsing of the arches, and a flip-flop doesn’t do anything to help support that,” says Dr. Wanich. “They throw off the entire alignment of your lower body, causing knee, back, and hip problems.” Choose a sandal that has more contour and arch support..
Treat it: Over-The-Counter pain relievers may help, but they may mask the pain and not resolve the problem. At BridgeTower Chiropractic, Dr. Scott can get to the root of the problem by adjusting your feet and getting the bones back where they belong. Call 846-8898 to schedule your appointment today.