Forgo The Flip Flops For Better Foot Support

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Updated: 6/13/2012 8:02 am
Flip-flop season is here, but just because it's the perfect time of year for them doesn't mean you should be putting them on everywhere you go.

Foot specialists says flip-flops are great because they are easy to get on and off, but you should avoid wearing them if you're going on a long walk.

You're better off having something that supports your feet from heel strike to toe push-off.

Flip-flops affect the way we walk because they have a tendency to slide or slip off our feet and we'll counteract how we normally walk.

Flip-flop wearers typically experience heel and arch pain if they're worn too long, due to a lack of support.

Doctors say the best place to flaunt your flip-flops is poolside or the beach.

"I wear them; my family wears them, whenever you want to use them for short periods of time. Certainly at the pool, at the beach, you want to get your shoe on and off quickly, you don't want to waste time, but not ever for any extended use," said Dr. Brian Donley, a foot and ankle specialist at Cleveland Clinic.

It's recommended that you throw away flip-flops that are worn or torn and when shopping for a new pair, avoid those with soles that freely bend or twist.
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