As the summer season is now here, we need to be cautious of what we put on our feet. Not only do we as adults need to be concerned with our shoe gear, but so do our children. Parents need to be aware of the effects flip flops have on children.
Flip flops are the easiest shoe to put on a squirming youngster, consequently the most common shoe we see on younger patients this time of year. Some popular stores love to intrigue you with $1 flip flop sales. This is a great deal as kids tear through these sandals every year. But if we stop and think about it, children are tearing through these flimsy flip flops so quickly because of the lack of support, inexpensive material, and poor construction.
Most of the cheaper flip flops consist only of a flat piece of rubber and a toe thong. This leads to lack of support, which in turn can cause common foot injuries. The list of injuries can vary, but children/adults who wear flip flops are more likely to encounter plantar fasciitis, repetitive stress injuries, broken bones, and blisters. Broken toes are more commonly seen in children who wear flip flops. This is due to the toes getting injured with debris while playing without proper foot protection.
When you are a kid, your last concern is hurting yourself while wearing flip flops! That’s why we as parents need to make sure we are on top of our children’s safety, from head to toe! Flip flops are for the pool, not the play yard. As always, if you or someone you love sustains a foot injury this summer, don't hesitate to give us a call!