Duct Tape Flip Flops: Don't Let A Fun Craft Cause You Pain!

duct tape flip flops are bad for your feetMcGyver often used duct tape in his adventures. It seems that people make anything out of it! In fact at my son's day camp there was a group that focused on duct tape creations. He told me that one of the projects was to make duct tape flip flops and, as the child of a Houston podiatrist, felt that it was "NOT a good idea." A chip off the old block...the boy is right!


Flip flops are not good for you. Not only do they not offer support, they actually force your foot to work harder. Because of the loose nature of a flip flop, it is likely to slip off of your foot. What your foot does, whether you realize it or not, is grip with your toes to keep the sandal on. This is why you may feel cramping in your toes if you walk for too long in flip flops.


What about the "healthy" flip flops? Are flip flops with arch support okay? While they a better because they do provide some stability to your foot, it still is not the sandal you should choose when you are doing a lot of walking. Don't get me wrong, I'm a realist and know that flip flops are cooler in the Houston heat, and even wear a pair of the supportive ones myself. It is important to choose the right times to wear them.


I don't think that the camp directors chose that craft to be a public health risk. After all, when I was in summer camp, we made ceramic ash tray...I bet you the camps don't do that today! If you find that you are feeling discomfort from wearing flip flops, and the pain doesn't seem to be improving, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to be evaluated. Pain is not normal and you don't need to put up with foot pain anymore.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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