Posted on May 22, 2014

Flip flops seem to be the summer's universal footwear, for young and old, male and female alike.  However even though they are often cheap and plentiful, they may cause more harm to your feet than you realize.  Due to the flimsiness of the material, your toes have to work hard to "grip" the soles, which can lead to hammer toes, or contracted toes and the pain that can go along with it.  In addition, since they are flat as pancakes, they often lack arch support.  This can aggravate conditions related to heel pain such as plantar fasciitis and /or achilles tendonitis.  Not to mention that there is absolutely no protection against minor scrapes and cuts depending on the terrain you are walking on.  Instead of flip flops, Prairie Path Foot and Ankle Clinic recommends Spenco sandals.  They have a deep heel cup, a great arch support, and a metatarsal raise that will prevent heel and toe pain.