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Arches and Flip-Flops?


DancingForever

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I just found out that flip-flops can damage your arches. I've been wearing flip-flops every day in the spring, summer, and fall for the past 3 years! Is it possible that I've completely ruined my arches? I'm not sure how to tell if I have a high arch or not.

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I doubt you have ruined them, but not wearing them all the time might be a good idea. Something with at least some support is better.

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As soon as I found out that they could damage my feet, I started wearing my sneakers a lot more. Thanks for you quick response!

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Neither are terrific, but both fine once in a while, just not all the time. :wink:

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I am seeing a huge increase in the number of young dancers who have a gigantic space between the first and second toe. I think it is not a coincidence that these young dancers spend most of their time walking in thong style flip-flops........

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I am seeing a huge increase in the number of young dancers who have a gigantic space between the first and second toe. I think it is not a coincidence that these young dancers spend most of their time walking in thong style flip-flops........

I have a space between my first and second toe, yet I have never owned a pair of flip flops in my life…

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Sometimes those kinds of things are genetic, and not caused by anything one is doing or not doing. :)

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Yes they are bad for you but dont worry you can always strengthen your arches by doing excrsizes and using a thera band!

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Actually, SaraBallet, anything that is bad for you that you continue doing is not going to be so easy to fix. As stated above, once in a while wearing flip flops, or heels, is fine. But continued wearing is the problem.

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Wow, thanks for posting. I used to wear flip flops all the time, and then I wonder why my arches aren't getting any better. Definitely going to wear sneakers more.

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