Blog 51 – Sunshine and Flip flops

The sunshine has finally hit the UK!!! Bring the vitamin D on! The memory of the long dismal winter that we had is soon a thing of the past after a couple of hot days.

Ok I don’t want to be a flip flop hater but a couple of years ago when Harry was only just born I was jogging back into a holiday apartment in Lanzarote to get another soft drink (beer) when I caught the tip of my flip flop on the step and broke my toe. Who knew that a broken toe is more painful than child birth…admittedly childbirth is still beyond me but it hurt so much that it must be true…

When it’s warmer, it’s normal that you ditch the shoes and boots in favour of lighter options. Flip flops are always a firm favourite, but are you aware of the damage that they can cause to your feet?

Women especially are guilty of thinking that flip flops are a safer alternative to heels, but this is unfortunately not the case, as flip-flops can cause your foot to strain in order to keep them in place.

Gripping with your toes to keep flip flops on causes a lot of tension and pressure through your toes and arches. This can lead to straining of tendons and ligaments and cause conditions such as plantar fasciitis; inflammation of the tendons that stretch from the ball of your foot to your heel.

Research has also shown that, as a flip flop wearer, you probably do not bring your toes up as much during your leg’s swing phase, resulting in a larger ankle angle and shorter stride length. This repeated motion can result in problems from your feet up into your hips.

If you’re a flip flop wearer, you may also experience shin splints – an acute pain in the front of the lower leg. Due to thin soles and a lack of arch support, you may find that you suffer with an excessive rolling in of your foot, otherwise known as over-pronation. This leads to increased pressure on your shins an increased risk of ankle sprains.

The most foot-friendly type of shoe for women would be those with a small heel, preferably one-and-a-half inches high. For men, look for a slightly wedge-shaped sole. This helps to avoid straining your calf, which can occur in shoes that are too flat.

Wearing shoes with more secure straps is also good idea. Flip flops can easily fold under your foot or get caught in the ground, creating a trip hazard. For these reasons, it’s considered dangerous to drive wearing this flimsy style of shoe.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms that we’ve described, don’t hesitate an appointment so that we can help you correct the issue.

If you know any other flip flop wearers, save them some pain and share this article with anyone that you think will benefit and avoid the experience of childbirth like pain in your toe.

For the Mollyettes I am pleased to say that through perseverance and sheer luck at times we have managed to help her reach her 4th birthday this month. I can’t believe where all of the time has gone! Molly share her birthday with my late Granny (whom she was named after) and the Queen, so she will be in good company on the 21st of April. I wonder if the Queen is having a Fairy AND Pony party?