Summer has officially arrived. And that means it's time to break out the flip-flops. Or is it?
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, wearing flip-flops as primary footwear is harmful to your feet and legs. Though they may seem comfortable, flip-flops lack the support that sneakers and other shoes give you. Then there's all the extra work you have to do to keep them on your feet.
The ACSM found that flip-flops force people to change their gait, which may explain the foot and leg pain that comes from wearing them for too long. This doesn't mean you should never wear flip-flops - just not all the time or when walking long distances. And replace them often, the ACSM says.
But in the end, when it comes to sneakers and flip-flops, sneakers are the better choice.
- The Washington Post