Can A Runner Wear Flipflops?

The good weather is here, and podiatrists and orthopedists know that they also have to do extra work because of the change of footwear, too many times without a suitable transition, and the “irremediable” fashion of wearing flip-flops or flip-flops also outside the swimming pools cause an ailment that is repeated year after year at this time.

The plantar fascia is a band of elastic tissue that runs from the calcaneus (the heel) to the metatarsal area (under the toes). The inflammation of this structure, mainly in the area where the fascia inserts with the calcaneus, is what we know as plantar fasciitis. If you want to continue running, it is better than they forget the flip-flops in summer and winter during the summer. They use footwear that better grip the foot and adapt to the terrain (whether soft or rugged) to avoid injury scares.

The back of the foot and leg suffers, especially the Achilles heel. Although they fit well and are supposedly so comfortable, in reality, beach flip-flops should only be used for that, for the beach. Because they are too light and do not provide any support to the foot, so it must do extra work to grip it.

Everyone, whether we are runners or not, should manage the use of sandals or flip-flops. But especially those that are, because if you’ve spent the day walking with that flat shoe, with so little grip, and you start running, you put extra stress on your foot and ligaments. Flip-flops and open sandals should be reserved for the beach only.

Suddenly changing the height of your shoes puts stress on all the muscles that help you walk. There is a change in position so that the entire structure must make an effort to adapt to the new step also, “the back of the foot and leg and especially the Achilles heel can go wrong “by wearing flip flops. Tendinitis and inflammation due to overuse are other injuries that can accompany this not at all irrelevant shoe change.

The problem is that, in the heat, the foot sometimes swells and needs to air out. An alternative to flip-flops would be, for example, to look for an open sandal but with some protection. In other words, with a more solid structure that provides a more ergonomic step. How to choose them? Well, the one that adapts to the shape of the sole cannot be bent in half.

The fact is that, in the same way that it is not advisable to walk all day on heels, it is not healthy to do it with a shoe that is too flat. Because they have such a thin sole, they do not protect against terrain imperfections or cushion the stride, so the foot absorbs impacts against the ground directly. They can also cause plantar fasciitis, “pain in the heels, ankles, and calves due to muscle overload, Achilles’ tendonitis, and calluses.