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Getting Behind the Wheel with Flip Flops on Creates a Driving Hazard

flip-flops1.jpgWearing flip flops while driving is a very ill-advised decision. Road experts and insurers agree that the soles of these shoes frequently get caught underneath cars’ pedals, making it difficult for the driver to brake. Their design is also known for causing a small but significant delay between the amount of time it takes for the operator of the vehicle to press on the brake and for the brake to actually work.

Spain has already taken the initiative on preventing this dangerous road hazard by making driving with flip flops illegal. To avoid causing an accident, it’s always better to exchange sandals for more dependable shoes before operating a car.

In addition to causing car accidents, flip flops can also lead to the development of painful foot injuries like plantar fasciitis, blisters, and more. If your feet hurt because you wear flip flops too often, speak to podiatrist Dr. Edward Lang of New Orleans Podiatry Associates. Dr. Lang will identify what type of care you need and do everything in his power to undo the damage that your stylish sandals have caused.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials. 

For more information about Flip Flops and Feet, follow the link below.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices in New Orleans, LA or Metairie, LA.We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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