Tuesday, April 06, 2010

abc: Suffer from knee pain? Wear flip-flops



abc: Suffer from knee pain? Wear flip-flops

People have warned me that I will damage my feet by wearing flip flops as often as I do. I feel very vindicated by this article. Recent evidence suggests that wearing flip flops can help to prevent osteoarthritis of the knees.

Flip flops are the perfect choice of footwear for those of us who favour shoes-off in homes as they are so easily removed.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Walking in flip-flops is a possible cause of aches and pains all over the body, according to a new study from the American College of Sports Medicine. In fact, podiatrists say that summer's favorite footwear is responsible for more health problems than any other type of shoes, even high heels.

"We became interested in flip-flops when we noticed an increase in lower leg pain when our students came back from summer and were transitioning back into wearing tennis shoes and street shoes," said Prof. Wendi Weimer of Auburn University, who set up an experiment with her graduate students to look at how the foot hits the ground. Participants were asked to wear either sneakers or thong flip-flops.

"The major shock absorption occurs back on the heel, and if the surface between the heel and the ground is not supported it does not allow the heel to absorb shock as well as it should. Which means the foot works harder than it should and people tend to develop overuse injuries such as tendonitis, or in this case, lower leg, knee, hip and back problems," explained Dr. Rock Positano from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Fortunately for flip-flop fanatics, Positano says you don't have to throw away those thong sandals quite yet.

"Look, this is not an attack on a flip-flop or a flip-flop like shoe. Once again, it has to do with when you wear the flip-flop. If it's for hanging out around the swimming pool, or hanging out around the beach, or hanging out with your friends, they're fine,"

Celestial Fundy said...

Killjoy.

Sydney Physio Newtown said...

There are so many individual variations in different people that generalizations about footwear (or lack of it) can't be accurate for every person.

There are many variable factors that may affect a certain person's suitability for different types of footwear or barefoot walking/running: weight, posture, gait, fitness, muscle type, and the surfaces being walked/run on are just some examples.

Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Rome Olympic marathon running barefoot and many people in the world today spend their lives walking and running around relatively challenging terrains barefoot.

If any footwear (or lack of it) causes pain, it's time to see a medical professional.

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