Summer’s here at last, and along with the sun cream and shorts, quite a lot of us will be getting out our flip-flops. They are still on trend, either being smart and expensive or casual and more beach inspired. They tend to be very comfortable as well as fashionable for a lot of people, men included. BUT , It is a common misconception , as they are flat and unrestrictive, that they must be good for the feet. However this is not the case, as there is no support whatsoever, and the foot (for most people) has to claw, to a greater or lesser extent to keep them on. Also the often sudden change of footwear can aggravate.
This can lead to straining and irritation of the muscles and tendons of the foot, and ankle, especially the arches under the foot, causing inflammation and pain, if worn for long periods. This can develop into the very painful condition of Plantar Fasciitis, which is where the fascia is strained, usually where the fascia is attached to the heel-bone. A This condition can be slow to recover from, although treatment can speed up recovery, you can resume sport when the tenderness with pressure, under the heel area has disappeared.
Remember, Flip-Flops are not using the foot in the same way as walking bare foot, which is still the best safe exercise for our feet.