The slippers are usually made of cushiony rubber, foam, synthetic materials, fabric or leather. Some are even made of plant materials, such as cannabis, which is naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal and breathable. The popularity of flip flops has a lot to do with bathing and the beach is ready for practical application, so while a few designer models the sport has been stacked or installed heel, others are allegedly offering the only "comfort", the vast majority flat.
A lot of people, especially women, enjoy collecting multiple pairs in different colours. They're casual, fun and versatile. A lot of the call is the ability to blend and match with different clothes, not necessarily for continuity or even convenience. Flip flops are generally very inexpensive, which is part of the problem because it usually reflects the quality and the lack of it. Many can buy less than 5 bucks a pair. Long claims that these popular shoes are generally fine if you wear them for a short time.
"Flip flops All right for short term use, especially if they have at least some support bracket and loosened only. They're good to wear on the beach, around the swimming pools, in showers and dressing rooms in the gym, on short trips to the store."
What about all that "viral or bacterial infection" part with regard to wearing flip flops? The global article notes that flip flops can expose your feet to bacterial, viral and fungal infections, especially if you have cracked heel, because:
"They're probably covered in some bad stuff, like staph. This bacteria can irritate the skin on your foot or (in the worst case scenario) lead to amputation. How severe a staph infection gets depends on whether you have open wounds-like wounds minute of peeling through the recent pedicure or actual cuts-and your health when you pick up bacteria."
Foot and surgeon ankle Dr Zachary Fosbel says continuous flip-flop wear will hurt your feet. The final results can be a pain in your bows and heel, stress fractures, shin splints and even the farmer's fasciitis. Also running in flip-flops can be downright dangerous as you can fall more easily, lead to strains, twisting and bone fractures.
That is why many doctors warn that young children do not wear them. Researchers have also found that the extensive use of shoes can change your gait, which can cause problems with hips and low back.
Then there are hygiene concerns. Flip flops are also very dirty, which is because all the surfaces of the shoes are exposed to the Earth. But the amount of bacteria that live on one pair of flip flops may surprise you.
According to the report of Today's Expo and the University of Miami, upwards of 18,000 bacteria-such as fecal and dangerous staph-are often found to cover flip flops. As it's so dirty, it is advisable to wash your feet after a stroll in flip-flops and not to wear them at home. Reserve that flip-flops for the beach and the streets.
Risk aside, I love my flip flops and don't see a lot of people abandon it. This is probably why the American Medical Association for Foot Therapy provides useful tips on flip flops in order to ensure safe and healthy wear:
- Try shopping to get flip flops of higher quality. Soft leather can help to minimize possible irritation to the skin.
- Use the test curve. Gently bend the face to the end to the end, making sure to bend the ball of the foot, not in half.
- Make sure it's not too small and that there is no part of the foot hanging off at either side.
- You can wear the most consistent pair in public places such as public swimming pools, beach, hotel and dressing rooms.
- Throw away pairs if you're seriously worn out.
- Don't ignore the irritation between your toes.
- Avoid wearing flip flops if you plan to walk long distances or hiking.
- Don't play sports in flip flops, which can often lead to twisting, dividers, and twists of a foot or ankle.
These look like sensible tips to follow!