Why summer feet need stability and support
Flip-flops, also known as thong sandals, are a summer staple for men and women of all ages. Many people who live in warm climates wear them every day. It’s no wonder flip-flops are a favorite – they’re sporty and stylish, light and cool, and quick and easy to take on and off.
The most popular flip-flops are the generic, inexpensive ones sold over the counter (we’ve probably all got a pair – or more, in our closet). These are made of thin, cheap materials and feature a flat sole with no arch support or shock absorption. They provide little to no stability for the foot and ankle. Even in the short-term, wearing generic flip-flops stresses the joints in the ankles, knees, hips and lower back, and can increase your risk for injuries and painful conditions like plantar fasciitis. Here’s how: