The real effects of flip flops on your body.

First Published: 03/08/2019

Updated: 10/07/2023

How Can Flip Flops Affect Your Health

During these summer months, most of us love to get our feet into those flip flops. We love to let our feet breathe and show off our painted toes.  Well, that all sounds wonderful, and who am I to spoil that, particularly as I love to wear them too!

However it is a growing concern that heel pain is growing among young people ages 15 to 25 years. Some experts and parents cite wearing flip flops daily as the main cause. Flip flop wearers take short strides and turn their ankles inward. Long term ankle and hip problems are a cause for concern.

Some things to consider when choosing flip flops

So not to spoil your summer fun, but to offer a few tips for choosing and wearing flip flops.

  • Choose styles with sturdier soles for improved cushioning
  • Shoes of any style should never fold in half or sideways
  • Limit wearing flip flops for a short period of time such as walking on the beach, around the pool, in locker room areas
  • Never wear flip flops for sport
  • Do not wear when driving
  • Don’t walk long distances in flip flops
  • If irritation occurs between toes don’t ignore it
  • Experts recommend replacing thin soled flip flops every 3 – 4 months.
Flip flop alternatives

Are there any alternatives to wearing Flip flops during summer?

While we are advocates of secure and supportive footwear during the summer months to protect your feet and prevent injury, if you’re looking for alternatives to wearing flip-flops during the summer, several options provide comfort and breathability while still being stylish.

Here are some great alternatives:

1) Sandals: Sandals are a popular choice for summer footwear. They come in various styles, such as strappy sandals, slides, and gladiator sandals. Look for ones with cushioned soles and adjustable straps for a comfortable fit.

2) Espadrilles: Espadrilles are lightweight canvas shoes with a flexible jute sole. They are casual, breathable, and perfect for warm weather. They come in slip-on or lace-up styles and can be paired with casual and dressier outfits.

3) Canvas trainers: Canvas trainers are versatile and comfortable. They are lightweight, breathable, and offer more support than flip flops. Classic brands like Converse and Vans offer various colours and styles.

4) Slip-on shoes: Slip-on shoes, like loafers or moccasins, are easy to wear and provide a more polished look. Look for ones made of breathable materials like canvas or leather, with cushioned insoles for added comfort.

5) Birkenstock-style sandals: Birkenstock sandals have gained popularity due to their comfort and support. They have contoured footbeds that mould to the shape of your feet, providing excellent arch support. They are available in various styles and materials.

6) Water shoes: If planning activities near water, such as beach outings or water sports, consider water shoes. They are designed to protect your feet and provide traction in wet conditions. They are typically made of quick-drying materials and offer good grip on slippery surfaces.

7) Closed-toe sandals: Closed-toe sandals combine the breathability of sandals with the added protection of closed toes. They are a great option if you want more coverage while still enjoying the comfort and style of sandals.

Remember, the best alternative to flip flops depends on your preferences, the activities you’ll engage in, and the level of support and comfort you need. Try different options to find the ones that suit your style and provide your desired comfort.

Finally, your foot care and health are in your hands; a few minor changes in choice may help you. Remember, if you experience foot or leg pain and want to discuss treatment options. We have therapies like Shockwave which can support joint healing. 

Happy summer days!

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National Foot Health Assessment 2012