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Published on June 13, 2016

Is There a Benefit to Expensive vs. Cheap Flip Flops?

Flip Flops

Flip FlopsFive Shopping Do’s and Don’ts

Summer is right around the corner, and while many of us in SoCal are admiring the new, stylish flip flops of 2016, podiatrists (aka foot doctors) are preparing for a very busy season.

“There’s much to consider when wearing flip flops as many people are unaware of the injuries they can cause if they are not worn appropriately,” says PIH Health podiatry specialist, Byron S. Alberty DPM. “Injuries can consist of plantar faciitis, which, if left untreated, can turn into a long-term condition.”

Plantar faciitis— an inflammation of the connective tissue along the bottom of the foot— is the most treated flip-flop related injury that affects close to two million Americans each year.

Therefore, consumers need to be selective when making a purchase in an effort to avoid these potential, long-term injuries. Does this mean price wise? It really depends on the name of the brand and style you are going for. If you are looking for some good quality sandals, you may end up spending a little more. However, prices can range anywhere from $30-$120 depending on the brand. What needs to be taken into consideration is the amount of support, cushion and the material that the flip flop provides.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts when shopping for your flip flops this summer:

  1. Do choose sandals with arch support. Podiatry experts recommend a high arch with a low heel. This will provide enough support for your feet to get you through a few hours of activity.
  2. Don’t spend the day on your feet in flip flops. Though these may be your favorite flip flops, they were not designed to support your feet for an entire day. Only commit to wearing them for a few hours at a time.
  3. Do swap out your sandals every three to four months. Experts say swapping out worn sandals for new ones every so often will help your feet. Plus, it’s an excuse to go flip flop shopping every couple of months!
  4. Don’t wear flip flops that are too flexible. According to The American Podiatric Medical Association, you should not be able to bend your flip flop in half. Flip flops should be sturdy enough to support your feet when walking around. Find a list of sandals approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association here: http://bit.ly/1WTJDVj.
  5. Do take care of your feet. Remember they need love too, so investing in one good pair couldn’t hurt!

"If you should develop pain to the foot or ankle region during the summer, early evaluation and treatment should be addressed to prevent long term issues,” says Dr. Alberty. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatry specialists, call 562.789.5464.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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