■ Do shop for a flip-flop made of high-quality, soft leather. Leather minimizes the potential for blisters and other types of irritation.
■ Do gently bend the flip-flop from end to end, ensuring that it bends at the ball of the foot. Shoes of any kind should never fold in half.
■ Do wear sturdy flip-flops when walking around a public pool, at the beach, in hotel rooms and in locker rooms. Walking barefoot in public areas can expose foot soles to plantar warts and athlete's foot.
■ Do ensure that your foot doesn't hang off the edge of the flip-flop.
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■ Don't wear the same flip-flops year after year. Inspect older pairs. If they show signs of severe wear, discard them.
■ Don't ignore irritation between toes, where the toe thong fits. This can lead to blisters and infections.
■ Don't wear flip-flops while walking long distances. Even the sturdiest models offer little shock absorption or arch support. ■ Don't do yard work while wearing flip-flops. Always wear a shoe that fully protects feet when doing outside activities such as mowing the lawn or using a weed cutter.
■ Don't play sports in flip-flops. This practice can lead to twisting of the foot or ankle, and sprains and breaks.
Source: American Podiatric Medical Association