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The problem with flip-flops

Posted on July 23rd, 2015 in Uncategorized by ElectricScooterBlogger |

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Last week’s blog touched on some of the common mistakes when it comes to applying sunscreen. In today’s blog, we would like to talk about another mistake people make when it comes to summer—and that has to do with footwear.

A lot of us like to wear flip-flops during the summer months, and why not? They keep our feet cool, they’re convenient, and sometimes they can be downright cute! But, they can also post hazards most people aren’t aware of! We’ve listed the most common below:

They can really trip you up

Whether it’s because you’re walking through a crowd or over wet grass, flip-flips just don’t have the tread and stability of other types of footwear. If you have trouble mobility anyway, they can pose an even bigger hazard. Here at the Electric Scooter Store, we carry a number of walk aids that can make it easier for you to get out and about this summer.

They can cause you to develop hammertoe

This is when your toes curl unnaturally downward. You put a lot of pressure on your digits when you wear flip-flops, and excessive use can cause the hammertoe phenomenon to occur.

They leave your skin exposed

Exposed foot skin is more susceptible to picking up bacteria from the ground, getting cuts and scrapes and getting sunburned!

They can be painful

Excessive walking in flip-flops can overwork the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue on the bottom of the foot that’s responsible for moving the heel. Without arch support, it can get seriously sore! Since flip-flops don’t have arch support, they can be bad news if you’re walking around all day.

Don’t get us wrong; we’re not saying to avoid flip-flops entirely. But, be careful when you do use them. And make sure you get outside while it’s still nice out—the cooler weather will sneak up on us before we know it!

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