Friday, June 30, 2017

Flop-flops should not be your only summer shoe

Flip-flops are so easy to slide on. They are time-tested, dating back to 1500 BC--the Egyptians.

At one end, you have the drugstore mode for five bucks. At the other, the fashinista version for more than $200.

But flip-flops are not good for every summer activity, according to Cristina S. Long, DPM, a podiatrist and foot and ankle specialist at Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Flip-flops offer no arch or heel support. You have to grip with your toes to keep them on.

Ever get that sore place between your big toe and second toe where the strap is? That is not the only issue. Chafing, blisters, calluses--you name it--even heel pain called plantar's fasciitis (inflammation of sole tissue), hammer toes, and even stress fractures.

Still, the doc says flip-flops are OK for short-term use if they are padded. Throw them on for a trip to the store or pool.

Traditional sandals--strapped to your foot--are probably a better option. For hiking or long wear or uneven terrain--traditional shoes.

If you are going to wear flip-flops:

--Toss pairs showing wear.

--Look for high quality, soft leather--not plastic.

--Gently bend it to see if it bends at the ball of the foot.

--Make sure your foot does not hang off the sides or ends.

I love my rope sandals...put "Gurkha rope sandals" in Google. I get so many compliments...Got one yesterday.

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