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To Flip-Flop or Not to Flip-Flop? Put Your Best Foot Forward with Good Information

To Flip-Flop or Not to Flip-Flop? Put Your Best Foot Forward with Good Information

Flip-flops may provide quick, slip-on footwear for people who are on-the-go – it seems as if you can’t go anywhere without them – but they’re not the ideal footwear for around-the-clock use. The first problem with flip-flops is the lack of support that they provide. Teresa Alpert-Leibman, an orthodist at the Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, explains that flip-flops, especially the soft thin thong style, “offer no support or ankle control.” Think of your body as a building: without a strong and supportive base, the higher structures are more at risk. Not only is that structural stability missing from flip-flops, but they can also “cause you to trip when they get stuck on carpet surfaces. The shoe stops and you keep on going,” says Alpert-Leibman. Flip-flops can put the wearer at a greater risk of injury due to tripping and falling. Another issue that can befall devout flip-flop worshippers is the formation of ... … Read entire article »

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