We all want to wear flip-flops when we go to the beach.When it is very hot we want to relax our feet and at the same time to protect it from the warm sand.Many people are used to wear flip-flops almost everywhere during the summer because obviously they are tired of wearing socks and shoes.
But, as it turns out, flip-flops are not good for your feet and ankles.
According to the researches at Auburn University it was shown how much comfortable it is on our feet while we are wearing flip-flops.They have found that sneakers are closed and are providing sole instead of flip-flops which are not supporting whatsoever.Another studies on this University have shown that people who were wearing flip-flops regularly had a shorter stride and their ankles stood at an awkward angle.
Flip-flops are also made from foam-like materials which has the possibility to become slick when damp.That is why the flip-flops are not so secure for wearing.During the summer when it is too hot our feet starts to sweat and due to that our foot slide on the sole and the thong that goes between the toes will rub against them and the tops and sides of our feet,causing blisters.Blisters can be very unpleasant and bad looking.
With the foot sliding around with no support, you are more likely to roll your feet and twist your ankles. Due to changes in gait and the unnatural angles forced onto your feet and ankles as you walk, flip-flops can strain the tendons in your ankles and muscles in your shins.
Because there is no side support and the pinky toes are exposed, often hanging a little off the edge, the little guys are prone to being bumped and stubbed, sometimes even dislocated. There’s nothing to be done for a broken toe but to wait for it to heal so it’s best to protect them in the first place.
If you often wear flip-flops and find your feet and legs are sore, the best thing to do is to get rid of the sandals and regularly stretch your feet.
Opting out of flip-flops doesn’t mean you have to close your feet up like it’s January—there are lots of supportive, fashionable sandals that will let your feet soak up the sunshine and allow you to feel the warm breezes between your toes.
Many are thong-style with a simple back strap to keep your feet from slipping around the base of the sandal. Look for sandals that move with your foot to avoid pain and blisters. Arch support is also important to prevent fatigue and strain. In terms of materials, leather and rubber soles are better than foam for absorbing joint impact.
Better yet, walk barefoot when you can.
If you want to protect your feet then it is better to walk barefoot on natural surfaces such as sand or grass and you wont get hurt.By walking shoeless you will strengthen your feet and ankles.Beside this,if you walk barefoot you will improve blood circulation in your feet and you can easily move.
As you begin to spend more time barefoot, your natural gait will emerge, (unimpeded by footwear) and the muscles of your back and abdomen will tone and strengthen.
Additionally, you are much less prone to slouching if you’re barefoot. Most shoes and sandals hold the feet in an unnatural position that your body attempts to correct by changing your posture.