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Are Flip Flops Bad For Your Feet?


Are flip flops bad for your feet? Dr. Angela Walk

As warm weather approaches, I invariably receive many questions regarding summertime footwear. My patients who suffer from foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis are curious if sandals and flip flops are bad for your feet.


This topic has always generated controversy because there is such a wide-range of opinions among foot health practitioners. There are strong opinions on both sides of the argument.


Some practitioners feel that barefoot walking, flip flops, sandals, and "unsupportive" shoes are harmful to your feet and even cause dysfunction while others, including myself, believe that the less material between your feet and the earth is optimal.


In this article, I will share my view and opinion on flip-flops and how they might improve foot health or hinder it. So, are flip-flops bad for your feet?