Could Flip Flops Be Causing Your Back Pain?

Summer is in full swing, and after months of being stuck wearing heavy winter boots, many people are excited to break out their favorite summer footwear – flip flops. Unfortunately, these summer staples could be to blame for back pain and foot pain and an increased need for chiropractic care.License: Creative Commons 3 - CC BY-SA 3.0 Creator: NY - Date first licensed: February 2016 Original Image:

Are flip flops causing your pain?

Flip Flops and Back Pain

Studies have proven that wearing flip flops causes people to alter their gait. People who are wearing flip flops take shorter steps, and their feet strike the ground with less vertical force than those who are wearing athletic shoes. In many instances, these changes results in pain that starts in the foot and extends all the way up into the hips and lower back.

When your gait is altered, the rest of your body needs to compensate, which can put additional stress on the heel, arch, legs, hips and lower back. Flip flops simply do not provide the support to give your body a solid foundation.

Do I Need to Throw Away my Flip Flops?

There’s nothing wrong with wearing flip flops around the pool or at the beach. They’re also fine for lazy days around the house, so there is no reason to get rid of your flip flops entirely. However, they should only be worn in moderation and in situations where you won’t be doing a lot of walking or even standing.

If you enjoy the cool comfort of flip flops, don’t dismay. There are plenty of summer sandals that provide the support your feet need. Look for sandals or flip flops that provide support for your arches. They may cost more than the basic flip flops at the dollar store, but they will pay off in the long run when you don’t need to seek treatment for injuries caused by your footwear.

Suffering from pain in your feet or lower back? Visit WellCore Health and Chiropractic to learn what may be causing your problem and find a solution that will get you back to living pain free. Give us a call at 503-648-6997 to schedule a consultation.