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As the weather warms up, podiatrists serving Chicago are increasingly urging their patients to limit their use of flip-flops. These flimsy, unsupportive shoes strain the foot’s ligaments and tendons, potentially causing chronic pain. Plantar fasciitis is another condition that can be attributed to flip-flop wear. It refers to the inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, and it can cause severe, stabbing pain in the heel.

You can learn more about the dangers of flip-flops by consulting your podiatrist and watching this brief video. You’ll learn that wearing these shoes changes the way you walk, which increases the risk of knee, hip, and back pain. It can also cause the tendons in the toes to shorten over time. This might mean that your foot doctor is more likely to diagnose you with hammertoes.

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