Now that the warm weather is here to stay for a while, we are wearing less clothing. Shorter shorts, lighter dresses and flip flops with everything. As comfortable as they are flip flops are bad for your feet. A recent article in Cosmopolitan tells why you should reserve your flip-flops for the beach, pool, spa, and shared showers, and because natural materials outlined 10 reasons not to wear flip flops, we chosen the top four we see as the highest risk to your health;
Flip Flops expose your feet to bacteria, viral, and fungal infections.
Any time your feet get particularly filthy (which is any time you wear your flip-flops in public), there are likely to get covered in some nasty things like (1.Staphylococcus, a bacteria that can irritate the skin on your foot or in some cases lead to amputation. Your state of health, whether you have open wounds, (like micro wounds from exfoliation during a recent pedicure), or actual cuts, will determine your body’s reaction when you pick up the bacteria. (2. Athlete’s foot an itchy fungal infection that’s highly contagious. It is spread by contact with something that’s contaminated. Walking around in public places nearly barefoot, puts you at risk for picking up not just athlete’s foot, but also (3.HPV (human papillomavirus) the virus that causes warts.
Flip Flops destroy your heels.
When wearing flip flops, there’s nothing but a piece of foam separating your foot from the ground, and because your heels hit the ground with more force, walking in flip-flops accentuates the heel-strike impact, which could end up causing pain — especially if you stand or walk in them for long periods of time.
Flip Flops can cause blisters.
A thin strap is the only thing that holds your shoe on. That strap rubs up against your skin every time you take a step. This can cause irritation and blisters. When blisters pop, you’re left with an open wound that makes you more vulnerable to the pathogens (see #1) you pick up anytime your foot is exposed.
Flip Flops or often made of toxic materials.
Plastic straps may be made of latex, which many people are allergic. Flip flops can also be made of a plastic that contains BPA, a toxin linked to various cancers. Sandals made with fabric or leather straps, tend to be s because they are natural materials.
…..And your feet get filthy.
We are exposed to dirt on a daily basis. On sidewalks, floors of subways and buses, shops and restaurants, now imagine your feet exposed to all of those germs. Your feet might be clean when you leave home, but a couple hours later, you might not even recognize them. You’re not just wearing flip-flops; you’re also wearing the filth your feet picked up along the way.
Everything in life should be taken in moderation flip flops and open toed shoes are no different. Wearing this type of shoe all the time may be comfortable and stylish, but is also a health risk. Consider alternating wearing flats and sandals with flip flops, (if you must wear them at all).
Keep your feet clean and toenails trimmed. Get a pedicure because your feet deserve to be pampered not just so you can show off your toes while wearing flip flops and address any foot pain immediately.
Your feet are just as important to your health as your heart, lungs, and brain.
Your feet are the foundation of your body, which means keeping your feet healthy can help keep you healthy.
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