When temperatures increase, the clothing worn decreases and people start to wear flip-flops. But this is not really the best idea. Scientific studies led by the American Podiatric Medical Association show that due to fungus, calluses, and the “pincer grip” of the foot, in the long run, flip-flops can be really harmful.
We at Bright Side care about your health, and for this we have listed a number of reasons why flip-flops should not be packed in your suitcase for your next vacation.
Risk of bacteria and fungi
Walking around wearing flip-flops turns your feet into a veritable receptacle of bacteria, of which staphylococcus is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous (in the most serious cases, especially in the presence of open wounds, you could even have to amputate the limb), but it’s also better to pay attention to fungal infections like warts and “athlete’s foot,” which are highly contagious, as well as annoying.
A study conducted by Auburn University did a comparative analysis of the human gait while wearing flip-flops and sneakers. On a sample of 56 individuals, it showed that footwear significantly influences the way we walk. The flip-flops cause a shorter step and a shorter support time compared to sneakers.
Increased risk of falls
Directly connected with the previous point, when wearing flip-flops you have to make sure that the flip-flop remains in contact with the ground and that the foot has maximum adherence to the shoe. When wearing them you also have to flex your knees and ankles more, which will eventually lead to a distorted walk and to an increased risk of tripping and falling.
The thinness of the sole means that, with each step, the heels are considerably stressed and this repeated impact can cause severe pain, especially when wearing flip-flops for long periods of time.
The side straps are the only point of attachment for the foot to the foot bed. And the fact that they rub against the skin at each step means they end up irritating it, causing painful blisters that can end up as open wounds, exposing the foot to possible bacterial infections.
Permanent damage to the toes
When wearing flip-flops, the foot is forced to assume a “pincer” position in order not to lose its grip and, in the long run, this unnatural posture causes the knuckles of the toes to bend, causing the so-called “hammer toe.”
The “pincer grip” taken by the toes to keep the flip flops on the feet can cause calluses, especially those that form between the big toe and second toe where the thong strap rests, making wearing them even more painful.
Any shoe completely devoid of a heel prevents the correct support of the foot, altering the right distribution of body weight and blood circulation, and damaging the posture, especially in the case of prolonged use.
Danger of tendonitis and bunions
The altered posture that happens when wearing flip-flops imposes a greater load at the level of the joints of the legs. These joints then have to make a greater effort to compensate for the imbalance, thus exposing the foot to a series of issues, which could be anything from simple pain to more severe tendonitis and bunions.
The side straps that hold the flip-flops together are often made of latex, a material that many people are allergic to, or may contain BPA (bisphenol A), a compound that has been shown to cause some types of cancer. In this case it’s better to opt for fabric or leather models.
Do you recognize any of your own issues in these statements? Or will you continue to wear your favorite flip-flops every summer? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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Illustrated by Yekaterina Ragozina for BrightSide.me
16 Striking Photos That Can Touch Your Heart
Photos keep our memories safe and every time we look at them we can immerse ourselves in the moments that have been captured in them. They can also help us to understand what’s really important in this world. And it doesn’t matter whether these photos are from your personal album or belong to somebody else. Their messages, feelings, and emotions can be perceived in one glance.
Here at Bright Side, we believe that the following photos will really touch your heart.
This couple has battled leukemia for 15 years since they were children. Now they’re husband and wife.
This fireman gave a cat that got hurt in a fire mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and saved it.
“My dad, who has dementia, trying to remember my name”
His owner passed away but the dog continues to sit near his bed and wait.
This is what depression looks like over 24 hours.
Have you ever seen a blind dog enjoying the sounds of a lake?
An Iranian girl cheers for her favorite football team from behind the fence since Iranian women aren’t allowed into stadiums.
“My mom painted dementia.”
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“My buddy, a glass blowing artist, used my dad’s ashes to make a keepsake marble I can take with me anywhere.”
“She gave me the best 11 years of her life and I can only hope that I was able to do the same thing for her.”
“A year ago, my little sister left this world. This weekend her heart recipient met my mom and shared her heart beat.”
“The moment your dog comes out of the fire you thought he died in”
“3 months ago we were told our newborn was blind. 2 weeks ago we found out the doctors were wrong. Today, she got her glasses.”
“I’m just so proud of you!”
Today my daughter graduated from pre-K. After the ceremony, my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you,” he said. Then, of course, my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy.”
Each photo has its own story. Which of them touched you the most?
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Mehmet Fatih Maçoğlu’nun belediye başkanı olduğu Tunceli Belediyesi Meclisi, ‘Tunceli’ yazan belediye tabelasının ‘Dersim’ olarak değiştirilmesine karar verdi. Bu karar sonrası Maçoğlu, sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
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