Flips and Slips: When Flip-Flops aren’t OK

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Summer is here, and flip-flops aren’t going anywhere. The doctors at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston want to make sure that you’re wearing your go-to summer shoe the right way — and most importantly, at the right time.  

Avoid wearing flip-flops for an extended period. They don’t provide the best arch support, and they also don’t provide the best traction. We suggest that you consider comfort and safety when choosing footwear, so here are a few times to avoid wearing flip-flops.  

Going the distance

If you have a lot of walking ahead, this is not the time to pick out your favorite pair of flip-flops. Whether your day is busy with back-to-back errands or a sightseeing adventure, choose a pair of shoes that provide the best support for your feet. After a successful day of checking items off your grocery list — or bucket list — come home with a feeling of accomplishment rather than discomfort.  

Mowing the lawn

Although you may work up a sweat while getting your lawn up to neighborhood standards, resist the urge to throw on a pair of flip-flops. While pushing a lawnmower, choose closed-toe shoes as well as a shoe that will provide the supportive traction that your foot needs to keep you safe and comfortable.  

Recovering from an injury

While recovering from an injury, proper footwear is critical. Even if you think you’re on the other side of your injury, consult your doctor before switching to another shoe option like flip-flops. Don’t take steps back in your recovery.  

We hope you’ll take our advice and choose wisely before selecting a pair of flip-flops. However, if you live in North Houston and feel like you’re experiencing heel or arch pain, visit us today. We are a board-certified team of podiatrists and surgeons, and we’re here to help. Choose from the following locations: Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. Make an appointment today through our website or give us a call at (281) 444-4114.