Here’s some advice for flip-flop wearers from the American Podiatric Medical Association:
DO shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
DO gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring that it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.
DO wear sturdy flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker rooms. Walking barefoot can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete’s foot.
DO ensure that your foot doesn’t hang off of the edge of the flip-flop.
DON’T wear the same flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.
DON’T ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and infections.
DON’T wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest models offer little shock absorption and arch support.
DON’T do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed cutter.
DON’T play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, as well as sprains and breaks.