Tips for Wearing Flip Flops

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Flip flops are a summertime staple, but they can also prove problematic for your feet unless you take certain precautions.


• Choose brands made of soft, but sturdy leather. Plastic and rubber flip-flops are more likely to cause blisters.

• Flexibility is important. The flip-flops should allow you to bend at the ball of your foot, but you shouldn’t be able to bend the entire flip-flop in half.

• No part of your foot should hang over the edge of the flip-flop.

• Consult your podiatrist if flip-flops cause pain or tenderness to any part of your foot.

• Buy a new pair of flip-flops as soon as your old pair begins to show signs of wear and tear.



• Ignore irritation or inflammation between your toes. Blisters or infections could result.

• Walk long distances wearing your flip-flops.

• Wear them during yard work.

• Play sports or ride a bike while wearing them.

• Drive a car while wearing flip-flops. They could provide tricky on the gas and brake pedals.

Sources: American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons; American Podiatric Medical Association

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