NEED A SOURCE? Flip Flops Are a Flop for Feet

Popular summer footwear can harm feet, ankles, knees, hips and back

TORONTO, June 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Glance at the feet of pedestrians on most Canadian streets on any warm summer day and chances are the majority of them are sporting flip flops. But this highly popular, lightweight footwear is actually a flop for feet and a summer wearing flimsy, fashionable footwear can cause damage to one's feet, ankles, knees, hips and back.

Unlike walking shoes, which are designed to meet the requirements of the foot and lower limbs, most flip flops and flimsy summer sandals do not provide the support, motion control and cushioning required by the foot during walking. More often than not lightweight, stylish summer shoes also fit badly which makes the situation even worse.

Speak with a Canadian Certified Pedorthist about the harm flip flops and ill-fitting sandals can cause and what committed flip flop wearers can do to balance style with comfort and support.

The Canadian Certified Pedorthist can discuss:

  • The damage that can be caused by a season of wearing lightweight, ill-fitting summer shoes

  • Features to look for in flip flops and sandals to minimize the risk of injury

  • Situations where lightweight summer shoes should not be worn

  • Treatment for feet damaged by flip flops and other ill-fitting shoes

  • How to choose the best shoes for popular summer sports

About Canadian Certified Pedorthists
Canadian Certified Pedorthists - C. Ped (C) - are foot orthotic and orthopaedic footwear experts. They are one of the few healthcare professionals trained in the assessment of lower limb anatomy, muscle function and biomechanics. With specialized education and training in foot orthotics and footwear, Canadian Certified Pedorthists help to alleviate pain, abnormalities and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs and feet. As proud members of patients' healthcare teams, Canadian Certified Pedorthists consult with patients based on a referral from physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers. For more information visit

SOURCE: Pedorthic Association of Canada

For further information:

Media Contact: To arrange an interview with a Canadian Certified Pedorthist, please contact Katherine Clark,, (416) 462-8773 ext. 55 or Brittany Siddall,, (416) 462-8773 ext. 44.

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