Careful with Those Vacation Flip Flops

It’s your vacation; let your worries go, not your feet.

Everyone has a story of a vacation soured by sore aching, blistered feet due to inadequate support. News stories have begun to report on the hazards of flip-flops, calling them the most dangerous shoes you can wear. It’s true; wearing these handy little slip-on shoes, especially if they’re foam-soled flip-flops, can result in excessive wear on your feet, fallen arches and even back and knee pain.

Your orthotist will confirm prolonged wearing of flip-flops can hurt your feet. They’re cute, and they’re handy for the beach or rec center shower, but flip-flops offer little to no arch support, and this can be a problem.

When you walk long distances or are on your feet for long stretches of time in substandard shoes the most common injuries that arise include conditions like arch pain, heel pain, tendonitis, and even stress fractures in the bones of the feet.

To protect your feet, you should always think about the most appropriate footwear for a task or outing. They’re great to wear after a pedicure, so you don’t wreck your polish and are perfect at the pool; but they’re a poor choice for a hike, marathon shopping trip, or on a sightseeing tour.

If you think you’ve overdone it and you’re experiencing foot pain, consult your healthcare provider. It’s possible that custom orthotics will help to relieve your discomfort.

Having custom fitted orthotics can help ease the symptoms of a range of ailments, including those caused by fallen arches, an improper gait, or muscle pain. They’re simple to use and cost-effective because you can insert them into regular footwear.

Our friendly orthotists are specialists trained to prescribe custom orthotics designed for your unique biomechanics, offering relief for issues like plantar fasciitis or flat feet.

Keep your feet (and your hips, knees, and back) happy: Contact the specialists at Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics today to learn more about custom orthotics. We’ve been providing expert orthotic and prosthetic services in Michigan since 1955 and have grown to more than 20 locations, including Traverse City, Cadillac, Grand Rapids, Petoskey, and Marquette.

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