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CBS News Says Favorite Summer Shoes Could Lead to Athlete’s Foot

Posted on Aug 28, 2012

Flip-flops are the shoes of the summer. They are easy to slip on and easy to slip off, and many styles are waterproof, making them seem like the perfect shoe to wear during any summer activity. 

But according to many doctors and podiatrists, regular flip-flop use can actually be bad for a person’s feet, and cause more harm that the convenience factor is worth.

The Pennsylvania podiatrists in our office were interested to read that according to the 2012 National Foot Assessment, as reported recently by CBS News, 78 percent of adults ages 21 and over have had at least one foot problem in their lives, with athlete's foot being one of those problems.

Sprained ankles were the top foot problem.

A majority of the problems caused by flip-flops stem from the fact that the shoes provide little or no arch support. In people who have a normal-arched foot and are not overweight, flip-flop use is okay for normal activity, like hanging out with friends. It is when the flip-flop wearer has either a high- or low-arch foot that the problems start to emerge. Those who are overweight or obese also have a tendency to have foot arch problems and regular flip-flop use can exacerbate foot problems. 

When there is a lack of support, the foot tends to repeatedly rub in the wrong places, which can cause blisters and open wounds. If these sores are exposed to the fungus that causes athlete’s foot, chances are that the person will end up with the fungal infection.

It is important to remember that flip-flop use around a pool or locker room is still a good way to prevent athlete’s foot.

For more information on athlete’s foot or to schedule an appointment for treatment of the infection, contact the Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associates at 610-565-3668 today.

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