The price is right—they often cost only a dollar. However, celebrities like Jessica Alba pay much for their favorites like the popular, metallic look from Yosi Samra. Easy on and easy off, flip flops may seem like the perfect shoe solution, but buyer beware—the cost to your feet is great!

What this popular footwear offers in ease, it lacks in support and protection. The thin piece of rubber that is used for the sole of most flip flops can’t guard against sharp objects or the impact that comes with each step. Save these shoes for the locker room or pool deck, where they do provide a barrier between you and the fungi and viruses that breed in these settings.

If you’re thinking there’s no way you’ll give up your favorite pairs, consider all of the places that you want to go. Will your feet be able to take you there if you continue to wear these shoes? Blisters, plantar fasciitis and stress fractures are just a few of the ways that this type of footwear can affect your feet.

Foot pain isn’t the only consequence. Wearing flip flops alters the way that you walk. Your toes instinctively grip the soles and studies have shown that a person’s gait actually changes. While that may not sound like a big deal, it means that your ankles, knees, hips and back are being impacted by every step that you take. Over time, the whole body is out of alignment and pain develops in other areas

Protect your feet by avoiding daily wear of these warm weather staples and opting for sturdier sandals instead. If foot pain has already developed as a result of footwear choices, you’re not alone. Your feet work hard for you each day, and the experts at the Las Vegas offices of Absolute Foot Care Specialists are here for you. Dr. Levine will help you end your foot pain now! Call today for an appointment or schedule online.

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