As soon as there's a glimmer of sun, around Easter time, some women dig out their flip-flops and wear them all summer until the clocks go back.
Bad move for feet. "Flip-flops are fine around the pool but if you wear them all day every day you'll get problems," advises Mike. "They are not supportive and your feet tend to collapse in and you end up literally dragging your feet along."
Flip-flops are particularly unsuitable if you are overweight as they can't provide anywhere near enough support for your frame if you wear them for long periods. They can cause pain in the arches and provide no protection for most of the top of your foot.
"They can lead to plantar fasciitis and Achilles pain," warns Mike. "Not to mention the inevitable cuts, grazes and even breaks [broken bones] that people, especially kids, get when they wear them wet and slippery for activities like scrambling over rocks."
It's not advisable to drive wearing flip flops as your foot can slip off the pedal and you may experience more than just foot pain in the worst case.
So keep the flip-flops for wearing in short bursts by the beach or swimming pool when you don't have to do any serious walking.
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