Two (very) Good Reasons to Limit Sandal Use

Now that it’s August, summer is undoubtedly in full swing (if you couldn’t tell already)! Dr. Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist, knows that summer means sandal weather, right? For many of us, that is true. However, continue reading to learn why it might be best to limit how often you are in your flip-flops.

close up of female legs in sandals walking on forest road

  1. They lack support– “The let your foot be as flat as they can be,” says Jim Christina, director of scientific affairs at the American Podiatric Medical Association. If your foot is too flat, you aren’t getting any support. This can lead to a number of conditions and injuries, such as plantar fasciitis– inflammation of tissue on the underside of your feet, or hammertoe– which causes the knuckles of your toes to arch upwards. Sandals also lack ankle support and are more difficult to recover from missteps or tripping, making you susceptible to falls and a number of other injuries.
  1. They are not hygienic– You probably could have guessed that sandals are not supportive, but give this idea some thoughtwhen was the last time you washed your sandals? No, not just splashing them with the hose- were talking about a deep, hard scrub. The New York Times took flip-flops from their staff and sent them to a lab. Inside the foam they found Staphylococcus aureus, known to cause (your guessed it) Staph infections. To top things off, the lab also found 18,100 other harmful bacteria on the sandals.

Contact Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an assessment with one of our expert physical therapists!


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