Foot Pain: Are Thongs / Flip Flops Killing Your Feet?

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So How Do Flip Flops Cause Foot Pain

  • Arch

    Thongs generally provide no arch support whatsoever. Over time this can lead your fascia to work harder, potentially creating micro-tears as the fascia gets stretched and over-worked/un-supported, and thus, foot pain. This can lead to a dropped arch called “pronation”, which is hard work to build back up, or needs supportive shoes/Orthotics to correct it and support your foot again

  • Gait Biomechanics

    Normal gait sees us strike the ground with our heel, roll through form the outside boarder of the midfoot, and back towards the big toe, pushing off from all of your 5 toes. Practice this – how good (and normal!) does it feel? …Now try clenching your toes upwards and do the same thing… Hard?! Yes, that’s what your feet are doing every step in Thongs, toe-clenching to grip the shoes on your feet, making the foot more rigid, altering the way your foot and fascia move, and the whole way up the kinetic chain

  • Heel Pain

    Heard of plantar fasciitis? You probably know at least one person in your office with it!? Not just from running.. The flimsy 1cm of rubber under your heel doesn’t do much to support and cushion your heel every time it strikes the ground, sometimes causing bruising of your Calcanea Tuberosity, potentially leading to plantar fasciitis, and the development of Heel Spurs in some people. Studies have found that people who wear Thongs all the time alter their gait to have less Heel-Strike, leading to tightening in the calf, and altered Biomechanics.

    All in all, they don’t sound too great?! In reality, your feet aren’t going to drop off if you wear them down to the beach or going to a BBQ, but if you’re going to be walking much more than 10-15 minutes, then consider changing your footwear. Before spring/summer shopping happens and you pick your favorite new color of Havianas, consider our top tips for footwear choices:

 

Top Tips To Prevent Foot Pain:

  • Pick a thong with an arch support
  • Aim to go for a sandal that holds in your heel, and AROUND your toes, not sitting between them
  • Consider one with a slightly thicker sole, and one that predominantly flexes (bends) just under the ball of your feet, as our wonderful feet are designed to!
  • Summer is well on its way, and what better way to look after your feet than with a colorful, stylish & supportive pair of Archie thongs?

We LOVE Archies When It Comes To Foot Pain!

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Why? Because they may look just like ‘normal’ thongs, but with the same support as a typical orthotic they provide comfort beyond what is possible in a regular thong, they look AWESOME and come in a huge range of colors.

One of the features we like the most about Archies Thongs is the tighter strap and the extremely light weight design which allows for optimal foot function and enables the user to walk with a more natural gait pattern than they would experience when wearing other thongs. The tighter strap, super soft foam and arch support found within Archies Thongs often enables the user to walk for long distances in the thongs without pain, making them the perfect thongs for travelling where large amounts of walking will be done.

So if you are sick of your thongs causing you pain and getting in the way of summer fun. then you need a pair of super comfy and supportive Archies Arch Support Thongs!

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