I can’t count how many pairs of flip-flops I own. If I’m not wearing heels, I’m usually grabbing a pair of flip-flops before I leave the house. And yes, I’m one of those people who choose to wear them all year round. But what’s easy to wear, isn’t always easy for your feet. When I wear flip-flops for an extended amount of time, I do notice that my Achilles will start to bother me. Also, after a few hours of walking around in flip-flops that offer no support, my feet tend to get swollen.
Podiatrists definitely feel that flip-flops are a big no-no and should be worn only for short periods of time.
“Flip flops generally do not provide the type of support that most of us need for prolonged walking or standing. In addition, they are usually too flat for most people. This can lead to pain and fatigue in the feet, calves, Achilles tendon, shins or lower back. Flip flops are fine for lounging at pools, parks or the beach, but many people overuse them and choose them as their all-purpose summer walking shoes,” stated Dr. Laurie Weisenfeld, a renowned podiatrist.