Many Hazards Involved with Wearing Flip Flops While Driving

orthoticAccording to various insurers and road safety experts, wearing flip flops while driving is becoming an increasingly common cause of car accidents. Since they fit so loosely on the feet, flip flops often slip off and get stuck underneath a vehicle’s pedals, making it hard for the driver to maintain control.

The danger involved with driving with this type of sandal on is so pronounced that Spain has actually enacted a law prohibiting it. To avoid causing a crash, everyone is encouraged to put on tight close-toed shoes before getting behind the wheel.

Flip flops might seem comfortable, but they can really hurt your feet if you wear them too much. If you have sustained foot or ankle damage as a result of wearing flip flop, speak to podiatrist Dr. Stephen A. Kinard, DPM of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Dr. Kinard can teach you about how unhealthy these sandals are and help you plan a more modest approach to their use.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops. Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer. However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk
  • Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes. Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections. Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes
  • I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet. These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

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