Is it time to ditch your beloved flip-flops?
The fact that thong brand Havaianas is attempting to get its trademarked name into the Macquarie Dictionary with the argument that its name is a generic term for thongs in Australia, truly proves we are a nation obsessed with this form of footwear.
Obsession aside, the unfortunate truth is this: wearing flip-flops every day isn’t exactly good for your feet. In fact, they could actually cause a handful of foot issues. Not convinced? Let me fill you in, and then maybe you’ll think twice about wearing your thongs on a daily basis…
REASON #1: THONGS PROVIDE NO ARCH SUPPORT
The sole of a flip-flop is spongy, and even though it feels mighty comfortable, the lack of support causes your feet to roll inwards, which can create pain for your heels, arches, toes and the balls of your feet. And don’t get me started on the ankle support or the lack thereof too, but I will say that ankle issues should come as no surprise to flip-flop lovers.
REASON #2: THONGS MAKE YOUR BODY WORK OVERTIME
Because thongs don’t exactly hold your feet in, you tend to alter the way you walk when wearing them. You end up taking shorter steps, which can result in hip and lower back pain. They can also cause your toes to grip onto the base of the thong, making your muscles and tendons curl in an awkward fashion.
REASON #3: THONGS CAN CONFUSE YOUR CALF MUSCLES
And by confuse, I mean strain. If you’re always switching from thongs to heels, your muscle ends up stretching and contracting in a fairly extreme manner all the time, which may cause you pain in the present and down the track.
REASON #4: THONGS CAN CAUSE CALLUSES
You know that hard skin on your heels? It’s likely to be caused by wearing your thongs too often. How? Well, as your feet are exposed to constant outside air, they’re more likely to dry out. And dry skin cracks, which isn’t pretty or pleasant.
Whoa. That is a lot of reasons. But hey, I’m not saying ditch them forever, just be wary of their downfalls, that’s all. They’re absolutely perfect for the beach, pool and showers at the gym, just don’t wear them every single day, OK?
How often do you wear thongs? Did you know they cause lots of foot issues? Will you wear them less frequently from now on after knowing they cause these problems?