From tendonitis to bunions to hammer toes, flip flops can wreak havoc on your tootsies.
Stress fractures in the bones of the feet can result from overuse and lack of cushioning.
3. Foot pain:
Lack of structural support can increase foot, arch, and heel pain.
4. Ankle injuries:
Sprains and twists occur at greater rates in flip flops, which leave your feet unsecured and allow them to slide.
5. Higher accident rate:
Wearing flip flops leads to an increase in stumbling, tripping and falling, and even car accidents when the shoe gets wedged under the pedal.
A 2009 study found a single pair of flip flops home to over 18,000 types of bacteria, including the dangerous Stapholycoccus aureus and bacteria found in fecal matter. Cheap pairs can even harbor foot diseases, such as athlete's foot, from one summer to the next.
The free-floating flip flop causes a lot of rubbing against the foot, which can lead to blisters and infection.
8. Foot injury:
Flip flops don't protect your feet from stubbed or broken toes, cuts, torn nail beds, puncture wounds, crush injuries, sunburn, or bites from snakes or insects. Foot injuries can be especially problematic for diabetics and other people with reduced circulation.
9. Plantar fasciitis:
This painful foot condition is often directly related to unsupportive shoes, excessive pronation, and tight calves--all found in abundance in flip flop devotees. In 20% of sufferers, it can develop into a chronic condition.
Constantly-knotted toes and inward-rolled ankles shorten the gait and strain the knees. In return, this can cause pain and soreness in the legs, hips, lower back, and even the neck.