Whether you’re working from home or just got back from the office, putting on cozy slippers can be a great way to relax. Yet, flimsy slippers with little to no support could be doing more harm than good. Since slippers can be bad for your feet and lead to Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, blisters, corns, and calluses, here’s what to avoid when shopping for slippers.
Unlike outdoor shoes, house slippers don’t have much of a grip. Slippery soles increase the chances you lose your balance on tile, wood, or vinyl floors. The best option to avoid falls and injuries on the stairs or in any room of your home is to invest in slippers with a non-slip sole.
While some slippers can keep your feet warm, non-breathable fabrics will trap in warm air and sweat. These warm, damp environments can lead to foot odor, fungi, and bacteria. Athlete’s foot could take hold and grow in-between your toes and then spread to the toenails and the bottoms of your feet. Opting for breathable materials, like wool and cotton, will help you avoid foot problems.
Flat and flimsy slippers can lead to two conditions. Without enough arch support, the Achilles tendon can become strained. This tendon connects the calf muscles to the heal and, when strained, results in Achilles tendinitis. Plantar fasciitis could also occur, in which the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot, becomes strained. Buying slippers should be an investment in foot health and not just a fashion statement. Look for slippers with supportive, well-cushioned insoles the next time you’re out slipper shopping.
An indicator that you’re not wearing proper house slippers is the appearance of blisters, corns, and calluses. When corns or calluses form at the ends of toes, this could be excessive toe gripping, indicating that people are trying to keep their slippers on as they walk. Blisters especially form when there is excessive sweat and rubbing on the skin. If you’re experiencing any of these, it’s time to find a more supportive slipper, preferably one that is closed in the back.
The Foot and Ankle Center knows the importance of wearing supportive slippers. They provide arch support, are comfortable, relieve existing foot conditions, offer more balance and stability, and provide improved blood flow. Should you experience foot pain from bad slippers, request an appointment with our knowledgeable doctors today!