Thursday, May 5, 2011

More on Why Flip Flops Are Bad

A recent article in the Washington Post cites the podiatric dangers of flip flops.  Specifically mentioned are injuries such as:
  • Stress fractures of the metatarsals
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Cuts
  • Bruises
  • Sunburn
Within the article, a 2008 study is referenced that analyzed college students walking patterns.  Now obviously some of these injuries are minor issues (cuts, bruises, sunburn), but the researchers are speculating that the altered gait from wearing flip flops could result in pain from the foot all the way up to the lower back.

Bottom line is that the basic model of flip flops create many downstream problems in your lower body.  There are alternative types of shoes available, ranging from minimalist shoes, to sandals that don't require you to alter your gait and foot movement.  But if you must wear flip flops, slowly transition into wearing them as the weather warms up, because going from zero to lots of time on your feet in them could have disastrous effects.  As athletes, I like to think that we try to ensure we take all precautions to stay away from injuries.  This is a perfect example of one such way.

1 comment:

chris mcpeake said...

damn I had no ideas of flip flops hidden dangers !!
cool blog

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