This year it seems we’ve skipped spring and went straight to summer! You know what that means – the flip flops are coming out earlier than usual. For those of us who love the warm weather and feeling the breeze between our toes, this is a huge relief…but flip flop season surely comes with its pros and cons! Yes, there are cons to flip flops – many of them, actually. We know what you’re thinking – how can something that feels so good to wear end up being so bad for our feet? The truth is that flip flops don’t have to have a negative impact on our feet, especially wide feet, if we go about wearing them the right way. Here are 5 helpful tips for getting ready to whip your flip flops out for the summer season:
- By far the most important aspect of flip flops is finding a pair with appropriate grip and support. If your flip flops resemble a flimsy piece of styrofoam – throw them out! For anyone with foot problems, every pair of shoes needs to have appropriate grip and support for their feet and ankles. There are plenty of options available for thicker and more supportive pairs of flip flops. However, if you have a history of moderate to severe foot problems, flip flops might entirely be out of the question. Be sure to bring it up with Scott McKinney at your next visit!
- Do your flip flops seem like they’re thinning out? This isn’t your imagination. Poor quality flip flops will thin out due to normal wear pretty fast. Even higher quality flip flops will begin to thin out but it will take a lot longer. If your flip flops thin out to the point of a hole developing in the bottom of your shoes, don’t wait to toss them out. The delicate feet of our skin will quickly develop blisters, corns, and calluses when contacting rough terrain. Be sure to replace them as soon as you notice them thinning out – this will help you avoid slipping and hurting your feet or ankles.
- Don’t wear them for too long. As previously mentioned – this will wear them out faster, but that’s not all it might do. If your flip flops aren’t on the more supportive side, you definitely don’t want to wear them for too long. This will contribute to your feet quickly becoming fatigued and sore. When your muscles are fatigued and sore, you’re more susceptible to slipping and hurting yourself. Much like high heels, they’re best enjoyed once-in-a-while but not all of the time.
Not sure if flip flops are worth it for you? Skip the uncertainty and find clarity with Dr. McKinney. Call us today at (713) 946-1500 to schedule your next appointment at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston, Texas and downtown area.