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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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