DENVER - Many women assume high heels are harder on their feet than flip flops, but doctors say that's a huge misconception. When it comes to your stilettos verses your comfy flip flops, heels are actually the lesser of two evils.
Dr. Lorry Melnick of the Cherry Creek Foot Clinic says, "depending on the heel or the flip flop, I would say that flip flops are probably worst for the feet because the foot is unprotected."
The American Podiatric Medical Association says flips flops can cause tendinitis and even sprained ankles because they provide the foot with very little support. Dr. Melnick explains, "The lack of support in a flip flop causes the arch to go down. So you have planter fasciitis and heel pain."
Furthermore, flip flops don't provide the foot with protection against being rubbed against harmful objects.
If you want to enjoy your flip flops this summer, doctors say follow the same rule of thumb for walking in high heels: Wear them for only about two hours at a time, then find something else that's a little sturdier.
A great option is to look for summer shoes that are made with built-in support. Many sports outlets carry them as well as medical professionals. Doctors say regardless of which type of shoe you wear, if you notice pain along the bottom of your foot or ankle area, get it checked out right away.
These days, supportive, comfy sneakers are just as stylish as heels or flip flops. Shop our favorites for the fall: