Dr. Michael Kowalski, a podiatrist based out of Chilton Memorial Hospital with an office in Wayne, calls them "lazy shoes" because they're so easy to slip on.
And while teenagers seem to be the biggest section of the population that wear them, it's 35-year-old to 50-year-old women who have the most problems wearing them.
"Younger people tend to have fewer problems because they wear flip-flops, mostly because they can compensate for the lack of support easier," said Kowalski
starts wearing sandals in April and doesn't stop until October.
"I wear Tevas because they have a great arch support," he
recently had a 16-year old girl come in complaining of foot pain and after realizing she
was wearing flip-flops with no arch support, he
recommended Tevas to her
recently saw her
at graduation and she
couldn't believe how comfortable her
feet are now as opposed to before.
said even a sandal with a strap over the front of the foot, from one side of the ankle to the other, is helpful in stabilizing the foot.
"The strap fools the foot into thinking it's in a tied shoe and your foot doesn't try to compensate.
Therefore, your gait is more normal," he
The issue with flip-flops, in addition to having no front strap, is the way they force the toes to grip down or "claw," said Kowalski
"Across the board," said Kowalski
, "I don't think there's a need to worry about permanent damage to a young person's foot."