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Why Doctors Are Urging People Not To Wear Flip-Flops Anymore

Why Doctors Are Urging People Not To Wear Flip-Flops Anymore

If you haven’t heard, the jury is out on our favorite summer foot-wear. Many experts agree that flip-flops are actually the most dangerous shoes you can wear. While wearing flip-flops, you run the risk of hurting yourself for two main reasons: it’s easier to have accidents, and flip-flops don’t support your body. It’s true, flip-flops are among the summer styles that just won’t die.

We all wear flip-flops, and love them. And why not? They’re the most convenient thing you could possibly wear. You don’t even have to bend down to put them on. Not only that, but they’ve become a major fashion piece. Whether you’re going to the beach or out to a restaurant, they make flip-flops for all occasions. Now, flip-flops can be incorporated into all of your outfits – especially girl’s flip-flops.

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The Health Cost of Flip-Fops

You probably don’t want anyone to tell you to stop wearing your favorite foot fashion, but at what cost are you willing to wear them? Flip-flops cause two kind of dangers to your health. First, they aren’t very stable. If you’re running (or even walking quickly), you have a greater chance of slipping and mis-stepping as you’re wearing something with so little stability. Doctors say that they see countless sprained ankles and injuries due to tripping and slipping while wearing flip-flops.

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The second kind of danger that they pose is to your bones and body. Because they offer such little support, the flip-flops are wreaking havoc on your ankles, feet and shins – all the way up to your back. At the very least, you’re going to have minor aches after wearing them for a few hours. You could get more serious injuries, all the way up to heel pain, tendonitis, stress fractures, and shin splints. According to Everyday Health, a common inflammation caused by extended flip-flop use is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot. Dr. Joy Rowland attributes this to pulling on the ligament on the bottom of your foot, which happens when you have no support and are walking around on hard surfaces all day (like sidewalks and floors).

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More Reasons Not to Wear Flip-Flops

  • The Flip-Flop Shuffle – Because flip-flops aren’t hard fastened to our foot, we take smaller steps to ensure they stay on. Not only are your moving slower due to smaller steps, but your toes are crunching up – which can cause hammer toes long term. Shorter than normal strides also cause hip and knee pain.
  • They Cause Blisters – The thong of the flip-flop is known to cause blisters in-between your toes. Not only is this incredibly painful to walk around with, but they’re also more likely to pop. This leaves you with an open-wound on your exposed foot!
  • Your Posture is Damaged – One of the main benefits of shoes is that support helps our posture. Any shoe that’s flat (like a flip-flop) causes our posture to be damaged.

Wearing flip-flops can be a hard addiction to kick. They’re just easy! If you can help it, you should be wearing closed toe shoes as much as possible. They offer more stability, so you won’t fall or injure yourself. They’re more supportive, so your body and posture are hurting. And finally, the closed-toe of traditional shoes protect your foot from the elements!

Picking the Right Flip-Flops

If you aren’t going to stop wearing flip-flops, there are a few precautions you can take.

First, you should buy flip-flops that offer support. This usually means that the pad of the shoe actually has some shape, and doesn’t look like a hole. Furthermore, the heel should have a little dip in it to form to the shape of your heel. This ensures that you’ll have maximum control, which is the main way to prevent injury.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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