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Foot Health: If you can roll up your flip-flops like a burrito, they’re not good for your feet

By Dr. Nicole G. Freels
KyForward columnist

May 8, 2014

The name says it all. For many – men and women – warm weather means flip-flops, and for some, the flappier and flimsier the better!

Wearing flimsy flip-flops can be a real problem for your feet, however. With only the smallest bit of material holding your foot in place, your toes are forced to grip the flip-flops, struggling to keep them on. After a while, this constant gripping can result in an unhealthy usage of your muscles which can cause tendinitis or tendon inflammation.


In addition to inflammation, overusing flip-flops increases your chances of developing hammertoes. Hammertoes are a contraction of the joints in your feet that often cause your toes to abnormally bend – these are the toes that you see that look similar to claws. Did you know that having hammertoes also increases risk of bunion formation? Ouch!

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