Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tips For Picking Out Flip-Flops

If you don't have a pair yourself, you know someone who does: Flip-flops that are so dirty they have the footprint permanently on the insole, edges gnawed away like a dog attacked them, and arch support gone or nonexistent.
We hate to break it to you, but it's time to throw those flip-flops away! Not only are they dirty, but they're past the point where they could even support your foot. Here are some tips on picking out a new pair that will last:
  • Look for flip-flops that have earned the American Podiatric Medical Association's Seal of Acceptance. The seal indicates the APMA considers the shoe to be one that promotes good health. Flop-flops made by Orthaheel are ones that have earned the Seal. 
  • Your flip-flop should only bend at the ball of the foot, never at the heel. An ideal flip-flop should have arch support built-in to the shoe. Flip-flops that are flat like pancakes provide no support- you might as well be walking around barefoot!
  • Purchase flip-flops made of high quality soft leather for the thong and a sturdy, comfortable base. Flip-flops made of plastic materials are going to give you blisters and dry, callused heels.
  • Buy flip-flops in the correct size- your heels or toes should never hang off the edge.
  • Toss last year's flip-flops if they are showing signs of wear. 
  • Remember: the average flip-flop, even the most supportive, is truly only meant for short walking distances, the beach, and the pool. So don't plan on wearing flip-flops during your vacation, when you are going to be doing a lot of walking, hiking, or bicycling. 
If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain from flip-flops, call one of our six locations to make an appointment.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for sharing these tips for picking out flip flops with us. My girlfriend has actually been complaining about foot pain lately so this article has definitely been a huge help. Thank you again for sharing this and helping!