Many women assume high heels are harder on their feet than flip-flops, but doctors say that’s a huge misconception. When it comes to your stilettos versus your comfy flip-flops, heels are actually the lesser of two evils. Dr. Lorry Melnick of the Cherry Creek Foot Clinic says, “depending on the heel or the flip-flop, I would say that flip-flops are probably worse for the feet because the foot is unprotected.”
|Dr. Lorry Melnick
The American Podiatric Medical Association says flips-flops can cause tendinitis and even sprained ankles because they provide the foot with very little support. Dr. Melnick explains, “The lack of support in a flip-flop causes the arch to go down. So you have plantar fasciitis and heel pain.” Furthermore, flip-flops don’t provide the foot with protection against being rubbed against harmful objects.
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotics Clinic.