When warm weather starts to come around, we start to spend a lot more time outside. Of course, being outside and enjoying warm weather activities means we stop wearing long sleeves and jeans, and opt for shorts and t-shirts. Around this time of year, people also start wearing flip flops more often than they do their shoes. Unfortunately, most experts will tell you that wearing flip flops is a bad idea, but why exactly are flip flops bad for your feet?
Flip Flops Don't Offer Support for Your Foot
The most common reason your doctor will tell you not to wear flip flops is because they offer absolutely no support to your feet. If you deal with heel pain, foot pain or conditions like plantar fasciitis, you've more than likely been told on more than one occasion that one of the most important things you can do is wear a good pair of supportive shoes. In most cases, your average flip flop is a very thin piece of material with a strap that doesn't provide any arch support, fits loosely to the foot, and offers no protection or support to the heel of your foot. In contrast, a good supportive shoe will fit your foot snuggly, will provide adequate arch support and a supportive sole to support the foot as a whole, a flip flop by nature just cannot offer this.
Flip Flops Provide a Sloppy Fit
In order for you to get the most out of your footwear, your shoes need to fit properly. If you've read our guide to finding the right sized shoe, you've probably figured out that a good fitting shoe offers more protection to your feet and helps to prevent injury. In a study done by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, flip flops were shown to be the cause of around 25,300 out of 198,437 emergency room visits for shoe related injuries. Because flip flops are not designed to fit snug on your foot, they create a greater risk of injury if you wear them all day long.
They Provide No Real Benefits to Your Foot
A good shoe should do more for your feet than fit well. A great shoe will actually benefit you simply by wearing them. When you're wearing the right pair of shoes, your feet are comfortable, your arch is supported and your heel is being given the protection it needs to prevent injury and conditions like plantar fasciitis. Because flip flops provide no real support for your foot and can present an injury risk, there are no real benefits offered. In fact, regular use can result in painful conditions like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and even lower back pain!
Why The Healing Sole is Different
The Healing Sole flip flop was designed to be used as a recovery device. We're often asked why we would recommend wearing a flip flop as a way to recover from heel pain, and the answer is pretty simple. We know people want to wear them, so we created a flip flop that isn't bad for your feet! A traditional flip flop provides no support to the foot, but The Healing Sole is actually a medical device disguised as a flip flop that provides the snug fit you need, with features like arch support and non-compressible heel that allows you to recover while you wear it! We designed The Healing Sole to be worn occasionally, after a long day on your feet, and to be used as a recovery device rather than an all day shoe. People who suffer from conditions like plantar fasciitis have been routinely told they cannot wear flip flops, and we wanted to find a way to change that! When worn as directed, The Healing Sole helps your feet recover by reducing the stress placed on your feet, gently stretching the plantar fascia and providing adequate support to the heel and arch of the foot, with a rocker bottom sole design to reduce the overall stress of the foot. Simply put, The Healing Sole isn't your average pair of flip flops!