Surprise! It’s been a while since we had a Makeover Monday post, so I thought why not work one in this week?
This topic was inspired by a random comment made by a traffic court clerk, of all people. I had to go to traffic court* and while we were waiting to enter the courtroom, the clerk came out and ordered anyone wearing revealing attire or flip-flops to move to a separate part of the hallway. There, they received a lecture on appropriate courtroom attire**. As our clerk led the rest of us into the courtroom, he added the comment, “Besides, flip-flops are bad for your feet!” [Italics mine]
That caught my attention! In the summertime, if I’m not wearing sneakers, I’m wearing my flip-flops***! Surely this man was insane! I was tempted to call my podiatrist to verify this**** , but I was afraid he would charge me for the call. So I turned to my back-up, Dr. Google.
It turns out Mr.-Court-Clerk-Foot-Specialist was right. Flip-flops aren’t that bad on occasion, but they’re not exactly the best choice in footwear for long periods of time. Consider the following:
- The lack of proper arch support, heel cushioning, and shock absorption can cause pain in our feet or lower legs.
- Changes in the way we walk in flip-flops can damage the connective tissue in the foot, leading to pain, inflammation, or heel spurs.
- Exposed feet have a greater risk of injury from stubbed or smashed toes, puncture wounds or cuts
- Wearing flip-flops while driving can create quite the hazard if they get snagged on a pedal or lodged underneath one, preventing it from operating
- The lack of foot coverage increases our risk of insect or snake bites or illness caused by exposure to bacteria
- Lack of skin coverage increases the risk of sunburn, since many of us don’t think to put sunscreen on our feet*****.
After The Weedeater Incident of 1987, I learned not to wear flip-flops while doing yard work, but I hadn’t really considered most of the other hazards. I’m not ready to toss out all my flip-flops or give them up completely, but maybe I’ll wear them a little less often. I think that’s all the flop experts (floxperts?) are suggesting.
And you? Are you a frequent flipper? Would you wear flip-flops to court?
*case dismissed, which was good since I was Not Guilty!
** I learned later that they were sent home to change clothes.
*** If I’ve had a pedicure, that is.
****After court, of course, because cell phones, mp3 players, and blue-tooth devices are another great big courtroom no-no, along with reading and talking. (I heard a rumor that breathing was okay, as long as you were quiet about it.)
*****Been there, done that. Ouch.