There’s no denying it. There’s no sandal that signals summer quite like the flip-flop! But are these no-fuss flats as harmless as they seem? Research shows that despite their easy-going appeal, wearing flip-flops for an extensive period of time can cause a wide variety of physical ailments, ranging from plantar fasciitis and muscle soreness to lower back discomfort. Doesn’t quite “foot the bill,” huh?
We are constantly bombarded with the recommendation of taking “10,000 steps a day.” So how close do we really get? Studies found that the average American adult only makes it a little more than halfway. So if you walk between 5,000 and 7,000 steps per day, you are an average American! Think it doesn’t matter what you wear on your feet? A 2012 survey found that 78% of American adults over the age of 21 report having had some sort of foot pain or issue at some point in their lives, and over half of them reported having such issues at the time of the survey. And while no shoe can claim to be perfect across the board, flip-flops may very well be the riskiest choice of them all (except maybe for stiletto heels or Elton John’s platform shoes!).