Flip-Flops and Plantar Fasciitis

PFimageQuoting wikipedia:

Plantar fasciitis is a disorder that results in pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. The pain is usually most severe with the first steps of the day or following a period of rest. Pain is also frequently brought on by bending the foot and toes up towards the shin and may be worsened by a tight Achilles tendon.

And in a recent post on Huffington Post:

Men shouldn’t wear flip-flops because they’re dangerous. In fact, nobody should wear them.

So it isn’t just me reviling those ugly, dorky things, it is medical professionals who state that flip-flops are a leading cause…

…of the painful ailment of the foot — plantar fasciitis. Podiatrists (doctors that specialize in foot and ankle problems) have long stated that flip-flops provide little to no protection or support for your feet. “By design, a flat sandal allows flattening of the arch … and can place undue tension or pulling of the plantar fascia,” which can lead to plantar fasciitis.”

I have had plantar fasciitis once and I can attest how painful the condition is. And it lasts for months, causing you to wince in great pain in the morning when you get out of bed, and limping pain all day that interferes with daily activities.

I got my case of plantar fasciitis by walking in socks on a treadmill… my bad. I was not wearing anything that supported my arches. Within a few weeks, the damage had been done and I was in PF hell for months.

Chipfire202I went to see a podiatrist about my condition, and it was then that I learned that the doc approved of (and actually recommended) wearing boots! My podiatrist made me orthotic inserts for my boots that I was supposed to wear to ease the plantar fasciitis pain. But those inserts proved to be too bulky, hard, and uncomfortable, so I did not use them for more than a couple days. I returned to wearing boots with excellent arches and the PF condition went away in a few weeks.

So guys, you don’t want to be seen limping around due to a painful foot condition caused by wearing non-supportive crap on your feet. Ditch those dorky, silly, unhealthy flip-flops and pull on your boots and jeans. Men and women both approve of a guy dressed that way, oozing masculine confidence.

For more information and a graphic that describes how flip-flops damage feet, read this post here.

Life is short: there is no worthy debate about flip-flops — they have no soul.

3 thoughts on “Flip-Flops and Plantar Fasciitis

  1. Agree very much. Several years ago I used to wear flat shoes and flat sandals. I got the same problem. After I found and read your blog (also because since I was a boy I also liked to see guys wearing boots), so I sought my first boots. The problem never happened again! Thanks to you BHD! Since then I always advise people who wears flats and crocs not to wear them.

  2. This is a great blog BHD but I want to take it one step further. I have sent you emails in the past about my dislike for flip-flops or as you put it, those ugly dorky things. For the life of me, I don’t understand why people wear those things. Not only are they ugly and dorky but they make the most annoying and irritating sounds which is why I wear earplugs out in public during the summer months. Seeing all or these people wearing flip-flops is like being in prison with no chance of parole. It’s like having a bad cold that won’t go away. I hope this blog will convince people to stop wearing flip-flops but don’t bet on it.

    • Yeah, don’t bet on it. But at least us boot guys know better and can take pity on those who do not.

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