Monday, July 01, 2013

Benefits of Supportive Flip Flops

It’s okay to be a flip flop lover…

Summer is here (sort of…) so it’s time to let your feet shine, but are you dreading the aches and pains that come with the flimsy, flat, foam flip flops? Not to fear, supportive flips are here! The flat foam flips which consist of a spongy platform and plastic straps place demands on the foot that can lead to serious over-use injuries. Conditions such as Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, and toe cramping can develop with extended period of time in in-expensive flip flops because the stabilizing muscles, tendons, and ligaments fatigue and become inflamed.

Supportive flips flops offer comfort with significant medial arch supports, deep heel cups, and wide straps. The contoured foot beds mold and hug the foot in a more natural position compared to a flat cut out of foam. By supporting the foot in a natural positions the same tissues as above are relaxed and performing efficiently which prevents, or helps treat chronic foot pain.

  Flat, unsupported flip flop                                                                            Structured, supportive flip flop

At Kintec, we carry a wide selection of structured sandals including several flip flops. A couple of my favorites for orthotic customers, or for any flip flop lover like me are the Sole Sport/Casual Flip Flop and the Montrail Molokai/Molokini. With the arch support, wear-mold foot beds, and soft straps they provide the support and comfort needed to putter around the house, conquer Disneyland, and everything in between.

Written by: Mikaela Patterson B.Sc (HS)

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