The dangers of flip-flops

Posted on: July 31st, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

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Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to break out the tank tops, shorts and flip-flops. But, before you slip on those strappy shoes, there’s a few things you should be aware of:

  • If you suffer from diabetes, you should never, ever wear flip-flops. They can cause skin damage that lead to other problems. Instead, try wearing diabetic footwear that is designed to keep your skin safe.
  • Flip-flops can cause tendinitis, or inflammation and irritation of the tendon. When you walk, a band of tissue called the plantar fascia that runs along the bottom of your foot pulls on the heel. When there’s no arch support for the plantar fascia, it can become overstretched or even tear. Flip-flops are okay for a short time, but spending all day in them can cause you some serious pain afterwards.
  • There’s a larger danger of slipping in flip-flops. Have you ever walked across grass right after a rain or after the grass has been watered? It’s pretty slippery, and due to their lack of tread, flip-flops can pose a risk of a fall. If you or a loved one are dealing with the aftermath of a bad fall, Jayhawk Pharmacy carries a number of mobility products that can help get you up and moving again.
  • Nature can pose a greater hazard to exposed feet. This includes stubbing your toe against rocks and stumps, running into sticks hidden in the ground, stepping onto thorny plants and inadvertently walking through poison ivy.

Here at Jayhawk Pharmacy, we want you to have fun in the sun, and get some exercise in the nice weather. But, you should be aware of the various hazards that this summer favorite poses. We carry exercise equipment to help you get the movement you need in your life, as well as diabetic footwear that can protect your feet in any temperature.

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