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Flip-flops: Summer’s most dangerous footwear! Here are some flip-flop safety tips

They’re cool when the weather’s hot, they’re cheap, you can throw ’em on quickly, and they come in every color and style under the sun. Sure, flip-flops are fun — but it turns out they’re dangerous, too.

I just saw an eye-opening report on the Today Show that ran down the many reasons flip-flops are actually bad for your feet, and maybe the rest of your body too. Shocking!

Check out the stats, from Today:

Of the 198,437 emergency room visits due to shoe-related injuries, 25,300 were associated with flip flops in 2014, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Emergency Room visits.

And there’s more. Podiatrists blame flip-flops for blisters, bacteria, viral infections, bad posture, shooting pains, bunion exacerbation (and formation!), hammertoe issues, athlete’s foot, and lack of arch support.

Well, that’s no fun.

The good news: You can still make flip-flops work for you if you follow a few simple rules: Don’t wear them when you’re driving, don’t buy the cheapest ones you can find, replace them when they start to get a little wear and tear, buy leather if you can, and watch where you’re walking to avoid glass and tripping hazards.

Watch the revealing two-minute story here.

 

AboutJohn Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.