The Good Life
Here’s a cautionary note about a perennial summer favourite – flip-flops. New research shows they can be painfully bad for your feet and legs. Researchers from Auburn University in Alabama studied the biomechanics and determined that wearing thong-style flip-flops can result in sore feet, ankles and legs.
They found that when people walk in flip-flops, they alter their gait, probably because of the tendency to grip flip-flops with their toes. Researchers found this can result in problems and pain from the foot up into the hips and lower back.
The bottom line – flip-flops are best worn for short periods of time, like at the beach or after an athletic event. But they are not designed to properly support the foot and ankle all day.