Protecting the Toes

One of the most important functions that a good pair of shoes serves is to essentially protect the toes from injury. The toes are resilient yet very delicate parts of the human body. Good shoes have a toe box that can insulate and protect the toes from falling objects or from being stubbed. One of the many downsides of wearing open-toed sandals like flip-flops is that this kind of shoe ultimately does not protect the toes at all. Flip flops, in other words, leave the toes completely exposed. Not only does this make the toes more vulnerable to becoming injured, but it also exposes them to the elements and the weather, which has its share of problems and complications. Medical professionals recommend limiting the time in which flip-flops are worn to ensure adequate protection of the toes. If you are someone that enjoys wearing flip-flops, contact a podiatrist today to see what can be done to protect the feet.


Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

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; they’re 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 regularly 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 that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Dallas, TX .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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