If you’re like most Angelenos, then the odds are that your shoe collection includes at least one pair of flip flops. Long considered a harmless summer fashion staple, the flip flop may actually be a serious foe to your feet.

According to a recent report by Zocdoc, medical experts agree that wearing flip flops can do considerable harm to your feet and toes, causing injuries ranging from walking issues and heel spurs to unsightly bunions. Bunions (bulges composed of bone and soft tissue) occur on the inside of the foot and make it difficult for patients to walk and exercise. Additionally, bunions can cause a great deal of pain and embarrassment. If you think you may be at risk for bunions or already suffer from this condition, feel free to contact the expert podiatrists at the Bunion Surgery Center of Excellence by calling (888) 552-9732.

Flip Flops and Bunions

Not all foot and ankle doctors advise patients to avoid flip flops. However, research suggests that this popular form of footwear has the potential to cause serious issues for your feet and toes.

So do flip flops cause bunions?

Unlike sneakers and other recommended footwear, flip flops lack arch support, heel cushioning and straps to hold the ankle in place. Additionally, these shoes can put a strain on the connective tissue between the heel and toes and force the foot to rest in an unnaturally flat position. Most bunions develop as a result of an imbalance of pressure on the foot’s joints and tendons. Further, flip flops accentuate pronation and other types of foot pathology and aggravate known or unknown preexisting pedal pathologies including plantar fasciitis and neuromas. Flip flop lovers with a history of bunions and other foot conditions may want to ask if their favorite shoes are partially responsible for their distress.

Preventing Bunions and Foot Pain

Avoiding flip flops and heels is a good way to prevent the development of bunions. However, if you insist on wearing flip flops, you should choose a style with a thicker, sturdier sole. Some flip flops even have an arch built into the bottom to help keep your foot in a more natural pose. You should also avoid walking long distances while wearing flip flops and replace thinner flip flops every few months. In general, our doctors recommend limiting flip flop wear to the pool

Bunion Treatment in Los Angeles

Making wise footwear choices can help protect your feet and toes for years to come. Unfortunately, many of us already suffer from bunions and the accompanying pain and discomfort. If you think you may have a bunion, it’s important to seek treatment before it progresses and becomes a more serious condition. The expert foot and ankle surgeons at the Bunion Center of Excellence in Los Angeles specialize in providing state-of-the-art treatments for bunions, and in many cases, bunions can be treated with non-surgical methods. For severe bunions, we offer an effective procedure called a bunionectomy to remove the inflamed tissue and realign the toe joint. A bunionectomy can prevent your foot condition from worsening and help you get back to living life pain-free.

Contact the Bunion Experts

If you’re a devotee of flip flops, high heels or other ill-fitting footwear, don’t hesitate to contact the expert foot and ankle surgeons at the Los Angeles Bunion Surgery Center of Excellence for a consultation and to learn more about protecting your foot health.

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