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PODIATRIST DISCUSSES LESSER PUBLICIZED PROBLEMS CAUSED BY FLIP FLOPS

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Summer is when you get to dress casually and spend as much time as possible outdoors. If you’re trying to increase your step count this summer, you may be tempted to wear flip-flops on daily walks or when running errands. However, while many people spend a lot of time in flip-flops in warm weather, research has linked this unsupportive footwear to changes in gait leading to foot and ankle injuries, as well as other problems.

 

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Dr. Bruce Pinker

 

Other injuries may be more likely because of the way flip-flops are designed. “Blisters can easily occur on the feet while wearing flip-flops, especially in between the first and second toe, where the strap is positioned,” says Dr. Bruce Pinker, a board-certified podiatrist in White Plains, New York. “Pain at the ball of the foot is common, known as metatarsalgia or bursitis, as there is often a lack of cushioning in most flip-flops.”

 

Source: My Fitness Pal [7/10/20]


Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News


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