Podiatrists say that the quest for comfort over glamour may be resulting in worse injuries in the long-term and flip-flops may be the worst choice of all. "Frankly, flip-flops are dangerous," says Dr. Tariq Khan, a consultant podiatrist at the Marigold Clinic, University College Hospital London NHS Foundation Trust. "They are the most flimsy, unsupportive piece of footwear you can wear."
|Dr. Tariq Khan
According to Dr. Khan, plantar fasciitis is common in those who spend their lives in flat shoes of any sort - but flip-flops are the worst offenders. "The fact that you have to grip them on with your toes puts a lot of tension and pressure through your toes and arches," he says.
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