Summer has arrived, so have the dangers

As the weather warms up, many people have a tendency to switch their footwear from supportive sneakers to flip-flops. Despite their popularity, flip-flops can cause serious problems to your foot and serious injuries to your body.

When it comes to foot and ankle pain, the biggest cause is improper footwear. While there are no good statistics in the United States about flip flop-related injuries, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service has reported over 200,000 patients treated annually for flip flop-related injuries at an estimated cost of over 40 million UK Pounds ($62 million).

Every summer there is a significant rise in plantar fasciitis problems. The lack of support from flip flops causes abnormal stretch to the plantar fascia in the arch leading to heel pain. See more…