It’s summer, the sun is out and flip flops are definitely the footwear of choice.
However, experts are claiming that our beloved flip flops may actually be doing more harm than good – and that goes beyond the usual wear and tear.
Blisters, insect bites and the occasional bit of sunburn are all pretty familiar issues for flip flop lovers far and wide.
But according to Dr Christina Long of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in North Carolina the problems may run much deeper than that.
Dr Long reckons there are a while host of serious issues related to flip flops and it could be time to ditch the dodgy footwear in favour of something a little more robust – like Crocs.
Back pain, tendon issues and shin splints are all associated with these types of sandal which, according to Dr Long, can significantly alter your stride.
Another notable issue is jogger’s heel, a type of inflammation around the heel and ball of the foot.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Dr Long outlined the real issues:
“Flip-flops don’t offer any arch or heel support, and you have to grip them with your toes to keep them on.
“Wearing them for too long or for the wrong activity can cause a lot of different problems.”
Though flip flops are okay to wear in the short-term, it might be time to consider switching over to Crocs or some other robust but light footwear for the summer months – your body will thank you for it.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.