10 Mar Those Cheap Flip Flops Are Ruining Your Feet!
Wait, the cheap flip flops you’re considering buying could be ruining your feet! As warmer weather approaches, our first instinct is to peel off the layers, pull out the t-shirts and shorts and kick back in some comfy flip-flops. For many of us, these fun and fashionable sandals have become our summer footwear of choice. Although they may help you stay comfortable and cool initially, these cheap flip flops are ruining your feet!
What Cheap Flip Flops Can Do To Your Feet!
While there’s no doubt that they’re quick and easy to throw on and go with just about any outfit, flip flops were never intended to be worn beyond the beach or the pool. By routinely wearing flip flops that do not provide sufficient support, people don’t realize the damage being caused to their feet until symptoms arise. A firm arch support is one of the most important features lacking in the majority of flip flops. A lack of support results in your foot rolling excessively inwards while walking causing strain of the soft tissues along the bottom of the foot. Over time, this leads to heel pain, arch pain, knee pain and low back pain.
In addition to the soft tissue strain placed upon our feet, standard flip flops also place a substantial amount of pressure throughout the joints located in the ball of the foot. If the sole of a flip flop is too stiff, it limits the body’s ability to bend at the ball of the foot creating more pressure at the joints. If the sole, on the other hand, is too soft, it doesn’t protect the foot from hard and uneven surfaces and does not provide the proper support the feet need. Finally, if the portion of the sole that comes in contact with the ground is too flat towards the front, it slows your body from propelling itself forward when walking and can create pressure under the ball of the foot.
Not All Sandals Are Created Equal
So, what does all of this mean? Should you throw away all of your flip flops?
The answer to this is NO. You don’t necessarily need to sacrifice style in the search for smarter footwear this summer. Save the basic flip-flops for the beach and backyard, and invest in something stylish and supportive for when you’re walking around. At BioPed our flip flop of choice is the SOLE Sport Flip for keeping your feet happy and healthy all summer long.
The classic SOLE Sport Flip is rich in features that will ensure you don’t encounter any of the above mentioned problems.
The first and most important feature is the mouldable orthopedic footbed that is built right in. Made with mouldable EVA foam, the footbed adapts to your foot without compromising the orthopedic shape. This also adds support to the soft tissue structures in the arch and heel preventing excess strain and plantar fasciitis.
Secondly, the metatarsal support pad lifts and separate the joints in the ball of the foot to the relieve pressure created when walking and supports the ball of your foot while the ergonomic strap wraps around your foot.
Thirdly, the rocker sole (curvature of the sole similar to that of a rocking chair or boat) allows the foot to efficiently propel itself forward while walking and eliminates the need for the toes to flex thereby reducing the pressure on the ball of the foot.
Other great features of the SOLE flip also include:
- A deep heel-cup that absorbs shock and helps with joint alignment.
- Cushioned, synthetic straps, and an ultra-soft polyester liner
- Contains Polygiene® which provides permanent active odor control.
- 90 Day Satisfaction Gurantee on all SOLE products. Regardless of the condition, you have 90 days to make sure they are the right fit for you.
Comfortable, available in multiple colours and water-friendly, you can wear them to the beach, pool, park, or just kicking around, these sandals are basically an orthodic wonder in the shape of a casual flip. Your feet will thank you in the end!