Flip Flops and Heel pain
Flip Flops & Heel Pain
More younger patients ages 15 to 25 are suffering from heel pain, and experts blame flip-flop sandals for many of the cases.
These thin-soled shoes offer no arch support and little other cushioning to protect feet. Wearing flip-flops, as many young people do regularly, can impair biomechanics while walking and lead to pain and inflammation.
Other causes of heel pain in youth are obesity and a sedentary lifestyle during winter months. When people increase activity levels dramatically during the better weather, heel pain often results. Carrying extra weight also burdens the foot and may cause inflammation.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by chronic inflammation. Heel pain can also be caused by systemic medical conditions.
P.S. Keeping weight under control, maintaining consistent activity levels, and wearing appropriate footwear can help prevent heel pain.