Are Flip-flops Bad for Your Back?

Flip-flops. The simplest of sandals that have next to no support so that you slide into and easily slide right out of them. As soon as our mild California weather approaches anything like warm – like this week – I have women and men coming into the office wearing flip-flops. They get their name from the sound they make slapping against the sole of the wearer’s foot. But they are not just noisy and annoying…

Flip-flops were designed as beachwear. Or for a short walk to the jacuzzi or pool. Over the years they have become common footwear in warmer climates. But today there are concerns about what they are doing to our feet and our spines.

Whether you favor the traditional thin one-inch variety or the three-inch thicker platform flip-flops, they can all lead to hip and low back pain. People take shorter steps when they wear flip-flops. This footwear has no arch support and the flexible sole tends to be just too soft and it does not support the foot.

Because there is very little holding the flip-flop to the foot, people typically grip their toes to hold onto the footwear. This creates added strain to the tendons of the feet which, over time, can lead to tendonitis. With the flip-flop, there is virtually no stability. Slipping and tripping accidents when wearing flip-flops are common.

The solution? Find some fashionable, high-quality sandals you like that have some arch support and are held onto the feet with straps. You can wear them just as much as flip-flops without the strain and potential problems associated with flip-flops.

What makes Dr. Charlene Thorburn so different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is also a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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