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Posts for tag: flip flops

By Dr. Phil Pinsker
June 20, 2014
Category: Heel Problems

There are many who make decisions up front and just accept whatever may come later. Are you someone who might sacrifice comfort for style? Do you love sweets and just hope that you don’t get any cavities? Maybe you struggle with giving up cigarettes, while hoping that your lungs stay relatively healthy. Foot pain is no joke if you have ever suffered with it—even a minor problem can be an interruption in your life. If you are a fan of flip flops and heel pain is dogging you, your choice of footwear may need an overhaul.

Flip flops have recently been given somewhat of a bad rap in the footwear community, but there is a reason for that. For the most part, they are a style of shoe that offers little or no comfort and support for your feet. Sure, they don’t break the bank and are easy to slip on and off, but they could be doing damage on the inside of your feet. If you have been experiencing a dull or even a sharp pain in your heel it could be due to an injury called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your toes and attaches into your heel. Wearing a thin flip flop with no support for your arch can strain this tissue and cause micro tears to develop. This can lead to pain and inflammation not only in your arch but also in your heel. During our gait, we most often hit the ground heel first, and the impact of repeatedly doing this with no cushioning underneath can cause heel pain and even bruising.

This kind of sandal is fine when walking around a pool or on hot sand but not a smart choice for long periods of walking. We can help you find a great summer shoe for your feet or provide treatment should you already be experiencing discomfort. Contact Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M. at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment at our office in Washington, PA.