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I have stated this danger for years! 

Lesson of the Day

Beware flip-flop wearers. Though flip-flops are a summer religion for many, they are also extremely dangerous. The floppy style of sandal originated in ancient Egypt, and what we call “flip flops” today descended from the Japanese zori shoe. The footwear was first popularized in the West by Allied soldiers returning from WWII. Unfortunately, no major improvements have been made since then. If you don’t believe the shoes are dangerous, check out these stats. In 2014, there were over 25,000 flip-flop related emergency room visits in the US alone! Plus, podiatrists blame them for everything from blisters to infections, bad posture, shooting pains, athlete’s foot, and droopy arches. Not to mention they have been shown to cause serious hip, knee, and back injuries. A recent study of flip-flops found their wearers took shorter strides and their heels hit the ground with less vertical force than when they wore athletic shoes. The main problem is that unless you change your gait and adapt how you walk, flip flops won’t stay on. None of this seems to be hurting the $20 billion sandal industry, which is even larger than athletic footwear. I’ve been trying to convince my kids to stop wearing them for a while, but nothing worked until I started calling them by the name we used for them as kids: thongs. Now my kids won’t touch them for some reason.


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