We are happy to say that the design of The Healing Sole solves these problems caused by traditional flip-flops. The Healing Sole is comprised of 6 separate component parts that synergistically work to promote foot health and recovery, while also helping to reduce pain. The Healing Sole has a structural foot bed with a dual midsole layer and overlaid arch support. This means that it is designed to provide appropriate support to the foot. The ramp that sits under the great toe prevents the foot from "working extra hard to hold onto the shoe." The ramp reduces the contractures and gripping problem associated with traditional flip-flops.This article goes on to say that the strain from an unsecured heel can lead to plantar fasciitis, heel pain or even a twisted ankle. However, The Healing Sole is designed to reduce the pain associated with plantar fasciitis and promotes the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The Healing Sole is designed to reduce the strain on the plantar fascia and also the stresses across the other structures of the foot during use. A twisted ankle is typically caused by an unusual and traumatic force being imparted across the ankle itself; this occurs with a twisting injury. It is my advice to avoid such forces. Ankle sprains happen in any type of shoewear and are one of the most common reasons for a visit to a physician. It is not widely believed that flip-flops cause ankle sprains. I performed a basic literature search and could not find an article to establish causation of ankle sprains to flip-flop use. Regardless, one should try to avoid being in situations that would cause a twisting injury. I did however, find an article from 2008 that described a public service program in England; police were charged with handing out flip-flops to drunk people wearing high-heels in an effort to reduce the incidence of ankle sprains. The Healing Sole is completely different than a traditional flip-flop in terms of the structural integrity and design features. The Healing Sole is structurally sound, provides arch support, has an appropriate rocker bottom, prevents contractures of the plantar fascia and produces cushioning where necessary. Yet, it allows the freedom, coolness and comfort associated with this particular type of footwear. In my opinion, if one wants to wear a flip-flop yet also wear a shoe that is designed for foot health and recovery, The Healing Sole is a good choice.
I recently read a portion of an article called “Up Your Safety Game” about the potential dangers of flip-flops in the August 2016 edition of Real Simple Magazine. The article quoted a podiatrist as saying “traditional thong flip-flops weren’t designed for all-day wear.” In addition, the podiatrist further stated that “they don’t provide foot muscles with proper support, so your toes have to work extra hard to hold onto the shoe.”