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Do's and don'ts: Tips for wearing flip-flops

Kathryn Murray, left and Sammie Manley wore flipflops to the Lexington Catholic vs Tates Creek 43rd district final baseball game at Lexington Catholic in  in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday May 26, 2011.  Tates Creek won 4-2.
Kathryn Murray, left and Sammie Manley wore flipflops to the Lexington Catholic vs Tates Creek 43rd district final baseball game at Lexington Catholic in in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday May 26, 2011. Tates Creek won 4-2.

■ 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.

■ 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

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