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Flip flop sandals in every color, design and material are always popular in the summertime for everyone. But, while these types of sandals are fun, they shouldn’t become the mainstay of your footwear wardrobe.


Wearing flip flops too often can result in foot problems. With no arch support, and no stability, flip flops cause abnormal stress on the plantar fascia (the band of tissue that extends from the heel to the base of the toes). The resulting condition, known as“plantar fasciitis,” usually causes pain in the heel immediately upon arising in the morning or after periods of inactivity during the day.  Plantar fasciitis can be a persistent problem that takes a long time to effectively treat.  The best way to deal with the condition is to avoid it in the first place by wearing supportive footwear that provides sufficient shock absorption. 

It’s not necessary to completely avoid the popular footwear style. But, to save yourself from a lot of unnecessary pain, think of your flip flops as your dessert, not the main dish in your summer wardrobe and wear them sparingly.


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