The Problem With Walking in Flip Flops
They may be stylish, but flips flops can cause some serious foot, ankle and even back problems. Board certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Snowden explains the problem with walking in flip flops on Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal blog.
“People alter their gait when walking in flip-flops by taking short, shuffling steps while gripping with their toes,” says Dr. Snowden. “This change in foot placement when walking can change your posture, resulting in strain above the foot, like knee or back pain.”
If you enjoy flip-flops, wear them for one activity per day, then switch to other, more supportive walking footwear, suggests Snowden. “Going to the beach or a short, casual walk is OK to do in flip-flops.” For walks longer than 10–15 minutes (or farther than half a mile), you should consider a proper walking shoe, recommends Snowden. Socks and sneakers also offer shock absorption and stability. “I recommend a basic running shoe with good cushioning,” Snowden says. “If you are walking or running, especially outdoors on cement or uneven surfaces, a good heavier shoe with more support is better than the lightweight, minimalist shoe.”
In warmer months, sandals might be a better choice than flip-flops. “The more straps the better, when it comes to sandals,” Snowden says. “Straps keep your foot more stable and don’t allow your foot to slip out of the shoe.”
Read the entire article on Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal here.
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