Flip Flop-wearing Cancer Survivor hikes West Highland Way

http://i2.dailyrecord.co.uk/incoming/article4063649.ece/alternates/s615/flips.jpgRonnie McCuaig of Dumbarton, a recent survivor of prostate cancer, took on the 96-mile-long trail at West Highland Way to celebrate his victory. McCuaig was faced with a hurdle the day of his trek, however, when he cut himself while trimming his toenails. The resulting infection made hiking boots unwearable for the hiker, as they were too painful. McCuaig instead chose to wear sneakers; this did not last long, however, as they too were quickly made unwearable after a rainstorm. With no other option available, McCuaig changed into flip flops 42 miles into the trail and completed the rest of the hike. The hiker intends to wear flip flops when he hikes West Highland Way next year, this time wearing them the entire trail.

The prolonged wear of flip flops can create harmful foot conditions.  For more information about the harmful effects of flip flops, speak to Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will answer all of your foot- and ankle-related questions and provide you with quality treatment.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result.

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