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