Orthotic Flip Flops and Sandals


Flip-flops are a beloved summer staple and most people own at least one pair, but with a terrible history filled with stubbed and broken toes, sprained ankles, fractured bones and blistered feet millions of devotees’ feet are feeling the pain.

In fact, in 2012 the National Foot Health Assessment found that 78% of adults 21 years of age and older have suffered from at least one foot problem over the course of their lives, and flip-flops are a common culprit behind this kind of injury or discomfort.

It’s easy to understand the appeal behind this type of foot-wear, after all, who doesn’t like to feel the summer sun or a cool breeze on their feet? Unfortunately, no matter how comfortable this type of footwear is, sandals are bad news when it comes to foot health.

The main problem with sandals and flip-flops is the lack of structural support, most notably in the heel. This has never stopped people from loving the freedom that these types of shoes impart however; people have been emancipating their feet since 1500 BC, and maybe even longer. It’s astonishing to think that modern beach goers are choosing the same time of shoe that the ancient Egyptians wore!


Practical Usage of Flip-Flops


There are very few times when a podiatrist will recommend wearing flip-flops but there are situations when this type of shoe serves a practical purpose; for instance, when you are walking around the gym locker room or a community pool facility wearing sandals shields your feet from fungus and the viruses that cause warts. Despite these limited uses flip-flops are not to be recommended as regular footwear.


Flip-flops and Foot Stability


Human beings clearly weren’t born with shoes on their feet; the structure of the foot is engineered to walk barefoot over natural surfaces such as grass or sand. This is not a realistic directive in a world that is covered in asphalt, concrete and other man-made structures and these unforgiving surfaces create stresses in the body that the thin sole of flip-flop does little to absorb.


Regardless of whether we are in motion or at rest our feet are our primary contact with the ground, and our point of contact is also the foundation on which the rest of our body’s alignment is built. When we wear flat shoes with little or no structure the arches of our feet are left unsupported and even the slightest of motions will have an impact and cause corporeal misalignments that can lead to knee, hip, back, and foot pain.

Our bodies are highly influenced by the nature of the contact our feet have with ground and if this contact is unstable due to a floppy or sloppy shoe this can easily contribute to stumbling, tripping, sprained ankles, bruises, and even broken bones.


But there is another detrimental factor involved in wearing flip-flops; your feet are placed under an incredible amount of strain as the lack of structure forces your toes to grip the shoe in order to keep if from sliding around or falling off altogether. Our toes and feet were not designed to perform this type of grabbing motion.


Furthermore, our shoes should bend beneath the toe only; unfortunately, flip-flops tend to bend everywhere. Another problem is that some sandals and flip-flops that are designed for fashion only don’t bend anywhere at all, including beneath the toes, which is equally undesirable.


The material that most flip-flops are made of also leaves the feet vulnerable because while a thin layer of rub may protect you from hot pavement, stones, or glass, a sharper, more protruding object, such as a nail, could easily puncture through the thin sole and enter the skin. This is particularly dangerous for people who have difficulties with their feet, such as diabetics suffering from reduced sensation in their feet because of decreased circulation and nerve damage.


For people experiencing balance issues rubbery and unstable footwear is inappropriate as well, simply because this type of shoe slides under around the foot more easily than structured footwear does. People suffering from obesity would do well to avoid flip-flops as their feet are strained enough from the excess weight, and unstructured shoes only add to this problem.


Quality Matters


Another significant danger with flip-flops is not just that people wear them, but that they over-wear them. When you look around on a beautiful summer day you will see people wearing flip-flops for everything from day-long errand running to skateboarding to work (if it’s allowed).


So is there any way to improve this situation without giving up your beloved footwear?


There is actually; you can invest in better quality flip-flops. Studies have proven that the cheap rubber flip-flops sold in discount stores do not possess anything that resembles a reasonably stable or supportive shoe structure. What these studies haven’t done is investigated well-made sandals that can actually alleviate foot problems instead of creating them.


Having healthy, pain-free feet doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your beloved sandals or flip-flops during those hot summer months; it just means investing wisely in well made footwear that will help you instead of harm you.


Instead of spending pocket change at the discount store invest in quality footwear that is designed with deep heel cups, and excellent arch and toe support. Dr. Foot Flip Flops fit the bill perfectly, and they also come with an orthotic insole built right into the arch, which is designed to prevent foot discomfort such as heel pain and sprained ankles. They are also designed to let the foot breathe while offering great cushioning and support. In short, they are a wonderful alternative to bargain bin shoes and are designed with the biomechanical control that every pair of flip-flops should provide.


Dr. Foot flip-flops are uniquely designed by podiatrists who managed to build the orthotic devices right into the structure of the shoe to provide support. The four and a half degree incline of the orthotic arch support provides stability and protection from the impact caused by the heels striking the ground. These sandals are designed to relieve foot discomfort such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain, bunions, flat feet, lower leg pain, etc.


These flip-flops are a perfect addition to your Dr. Foot orthotics line on those hot summer days when you aren’t walking in your usual shoes.


Features of the Dr. Foot Flip-Flop:


  • This sandal has been proven to correct over-pronation, a problem that plagues 70% of the general population! The Dr. Foot Flip-Flops have been designed to improve foot positioning and alignment and reduce the forces that create stress and tension in the feet.  This positive correction occurs because the sandal realigns the feet into their natural position, and this reduces the impacts that day to day activities have on the feet, and therefore the body in general.


  • The Dr. Foot orthotic line is perfectly complimented by this wonderful flip-flop that takes the place of regular shoes in the summer.
  • A shock-absorbing midsole was created to reduce stress on primary hot-spots in the feet, knees, and legs.


  • The inclusion of a woven toe-post (fabric between the toes) and a foam-lined strap ensure that there is no chaffing and that the fit is both luxurious and secure.


  • A deep heel cup absorbs the shocks created by heel strikes and the thick, long lasting outsole guarantees a good level of traction on a variety of surfaces.


So for all the damage those cheap flip-flops can do to your feet there is a fantastic alternative that will do a wonderful service to your feet and legs while you are wearing them! Dr. Foot flip flops are the best option that money that can buy.


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