Looking at the dangers of wearing flip flops

Summer is time to free your feet of heavy boots and shoes. But before you slip on those flip flops, you may want to make sure they're the right choice for your feet.

Deborah Brooks has sensitive feet and needs to take care of them. So when she developed a blister after wearing flip flops, she went to see her doctor. She knows the shoes aren't the best fit for her feet, but she likes them.

"You just slip your foot in and you're gone," said Brooks.

Although they're convenient and in some cases fashionable, flip flops have never been the favorite of foot physicians. The flat shoes are bad for the arches, give poor support which can lead to ankle injuries and because your feet slide in them, they can cause blisters and calluses.

"You need to make sure that you are securing the bio-mechanics of your foot. So if you just get what people call slides, or just simple kind of rubbery type of flip flops, it is even more dangerous than trying to do something barefoot," said Dr. Kathya Zinszer of the Temple Department of Medicine and Orthopedics.

Although Zinzer said she won't rule out flip flops completely, she tells her patients to pick wisely.

"You want to know when to wear flip flops and you need to really consider what your risk factors are," said Zinzer.

And the flip flop should complement your tootsies' activities. Going to the gym? Flip flops can protect you from organisms in public showers. But if you're going hiking, leave the flip flops at home.


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