Got bunions? You may want to heed warnings about the dangers of flip flops
Warm weather is approaching, and that may have many people perusing the new selections of summer sandals and flip flops. While this footwear may be ideal for high temperatures, it can also exacerbate foot conditions like bunions, hammer toe and fallen arches.
An article on Styleist.com reports that people who wear flip flops on a regular basis may end up with lower leg pain, blisters and cramps. Moreover, the biomechanical instability that the sandals cause can make bony toe deformities worse and exacerbate fallen arches.
Podiatrist Steve Rosenberg explained in the fashion blog what happens when wearing thong sandals.
"Toes will curl downward and try to grab the ground because of the instability in the joints of the foot. The muscles in the front of the lower leg will fire continuously and eventually fatigue and become tight and sore," according to Rosenberg.
People with bunions may find relief in bunion correction. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends conservative treatments before resorting to bunion surgery. These include bunion splints, orthotics, braces and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.