Now that summer has very much arrived and there’s (occasionally) the sun in the sky, out come the summer threads. We’re talking t-shirts, vests, shorts, sunnies and - of course - sandals and flip flops.
Long gone are the days we’d only wear flip flops for knocking around the pool on holiday or at the beach. They’ve become almost regular day wear for many people (sandals, especially, if you’re in Brighton!).
While flips flops and sandals may be the easy-going, relaxed footwear that feels comfortable, there is a serious downside on your foot health.
One of the biggest issues we experienced in the clinic when it comes to feet is plantar fasciitis brought on from lack of support to the foot from wearing flip flops. Yes, that plantar fasciitis - the condition you’d normally associate with runners.
The fasciitis is a thick band of tissue running across the bottom of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes. When it becomes inflamed it can be very painful. This in turn can cause problems because it affects how you walk to try and avoid pain, which can cause referred issues in your knees, hip and back.
The reason that flip flops and sandals are particularly bad for your feet is due to the lack of support of your arch. Without that support, it puts an undue amount of stress on the fasciitis, leading to it becoming inflamed.
There are other problems with wearing flips flops and sandals all day. The lack of support may lead your ankle to be less supported and more likely to turn if walking over rough ground. You also probably notice that when you wear flips flops, you slightly change the way you walk, which could lead to issues in other areas of the body.
Our advice is to wear flip flops when you’re at the beach, having a picnic or around the pool - but try to avoid wearing them all day, every day.
If you have any foot issues, including plantar fasciitis, we can help. Call our reception team on 01273 843780 and let’s book you in with one of our fab therapists.