By Taryn Brill, Everyday Health Staff Writer for Everyday Health
When it comes to footwear, flip-flops are a summer staple. While they may feel comfortable on a daily basis, they can cause serious foot, hip, knee, and back injuries. In fact, many experts say flip-flops are among the most dangerous shoes out there. Lack of support can cause critical problems in the arch and heel of the foot, including plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of tissue on the bottom of the foot.
Wearing flip-flops can also cause bone problems. Long-term arch and heel paincan lead to bone spurs and, believe it or not, flip-flops can actually alter the way you walk! Shorter strides cause our toes to crunch up tightly to hang on to the sandal. All of this leads to hip, knee, and back pain.
Foot doctors caution that if you plan on wearing flip-flops, shop for brands that offer arch support, and don't wear them for long periods of time.
If you develop unexplained pain in other parts of your body, like your back, always consider your feet as a possible source. Wearing shoes with little to no arch support can cause overuse of tendons and muscles not only in your feet, but also in hips, ankles, knees, and back.