High heels may be better for feet than flip flops

Doctor: High Heels Are Actually Better For Your Feet Than Flip Flops

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:

31 must-have on-trend white sneakers
See Gallery
High heels may be better for feet than flip flops

Converse Woven Chuck Taylors, $80, available at Need Supply Co. 

Geox D Shahira, $160, available at Zappos
Bensimon Tennis Broderie Anglaise Sneakers, $70, available at Shopbop
Frye Greene Low Lace, $168, available at Zappos
Coach Chrissy, $195, available at Zappos
Michael Kors Violet, $350, available at Zappos
Nike Air Max Siren, $95, available at Zappos
Vans SK8-Hi Reissue, $80, available at Zappos
BucketFeet 'Flamingos' Slip-On Sneaker, $67.95, available at Nordstrom
Marc by Marc Jacobs Perforated Slip-On Sneaker Talc, $98, available at Les Nouvelles
Rachel Zoe Burke, $195, available at Zappos
Nike 'Racquette' Sneaker, $75, available at Nordstrom
Supra Cuttler, $100, available at Zappos

Rebecca Minkoff Sander Too Sneaker, $225, available at Rebecca Minkoff

Palladium Flex Slip On, $50, available at Zappos
Vince Blair 5, $195, available at Zappos

Rebecca Minkoff Perforated Sandi Sneaker, $225, available at Rebecca Minkoff

K-Swiss Belmont SO T, $65, available at Zappos
Superga 2210 COTW Slip-On, $60, available at Zappos
Converse Jack Purcell CP Canvas Low Top, $65, available at Zappos
Keds Taylor Swift's Champion Flower Painting, $55, available at Zappos
Sperry Seaside Open Mesh Slip On Sneakers, $60, available at Shopbop
DKNY Cindy Perforated Wedge Sneakers, $150, available at Shopbop
Superga Cotu Metallic Linen Sneakers, $119, available at Shopbop
Burberry Goxhill, $495, available at Zappos
Keds 'Champion - Eyelet Sneaker, $29.96, available at Nordstrom
Toms 'Paseo' Sneaker, $58.95, available at Nordstrom
Steve Madden 'Ecentrcq' Sneaker, $59.95, available at Nordstrom
Nike 'Roshe Run' Print Sneaker, $75, available at Nordstrom
Jeffrey Campbell 'Player' Sneaker, $79.95-$89.95, available at Nordstrom
Kate Spade New York Boho Laceless Sneakers, $75, available at Shopbop

More from AOL.com:
5 hidden signs you're not drinking enough water
5 drugstore beauty items worth buying
10 fall staples for every budget

Read Full Story