It is summer time and a lot of people are probably excited about wearing nice footwear that are easy and cool on the feet. Whether you are a man or a woman, keeping your feet presentable when wearing flip flops, sandals, and other similar footwear should be a prime consideration. More so, keeping your feet healthy and clean should be at the top of your list.
I was browsing MSN the a few minutes ago when I saw an article on foot care for the summer. In it, myths about feet were debunked. Here are some of the points that I found interesting.
Myth: Flats, flip-flops and going barefoot are good for your feet.
Fact: “This is a common misconception, because we always hear about the problems with high heels,” Vlahovic said in a prepared statement. “But these three present their own types of problems.” Flip-flops provide no support, which can cause plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains and tendonitis. Wearing flats can lead to severe heel pain and blisters, crowding toes and conditions such as hammertoes and bunions. Walking barefoot leaves feet open to cuts, scrapes, bruises, and puncture wounds along with skin issues or nail injuries.
That blows. I am a firm believe in flip flops and flats and now I read scientific material on how they can be harmful? Hmm, come to think of it, though, I have never experienced the problems above – except for when going barefoot. I suppose I shall continue my love affair with flip flops but I’ll leave going barefoot for when I am in the house. How’s that?
(to be continued)
Photo courtesy of Chewy Chua
Originally posted on June 22, 2008 @ 3:30 pm