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Can Flip-flops Damage Your Feet? Kennesaw, GA

Can Flip-flops Damage Your Feet?

Ankle Pain Atlanta GA

With temperatures already reaching the mid-70s in Georgia, you have probably seen people out in shorts and flip-flops already in March. Heck, you may have already broken out your own flip-flops to walk to your mailbox!

Flip-flops are a convenient type of shoe that slips right on your feet. For women, having their toenails painted gives them an added accessory to show off in open-toed footwear. Yet, as comfortable, flattering, and convenient as these shoes are, they do not provide the support necessary for everyday footwear.

Your feet support the weight of your entire body when you stand and walk. Without proper arch, ankle, and heel support, your feet cannot effectively support the weight they carry. Tennis shoes are made for walking and standing for long periods of time because they provide proper arch support, stability to the joints of the feet, and protection to the tendons of the ankles and feet.

Wearing flip-flops for extended periods can increase the risk of foot injuries, shin splints, and other bodily pains. Part of the problem is that wearing flip-flops alters your natural stride. You must squeeze your toes together to hold onto the flip-flop strap, and this squeezing causes you to walk differently than you would barefoot or in tennis shoes. Any alteration to your natural gait can affect your knees, hips, and back.

Flip-flops offer zero foot and ankle support, which puts an unusual strain on the feet, knees, hips, and lower back muscles. While wearing flip-flops, more pressure is placed on the outside edges of the feet, which causes a slight rotation of the lower portion of your leg – which in turn changes the angle of your pelvis and prompts increased torsion of the lower spine. This alteration of your natural walking stance can cause stiffness and pain that worsens over time in all of your lower-body joints.

You don’t have to give up wearing flip-flops, but they should not be the most common type of shoe that you wear. Save wearing flip-flops to the pool or around your house and purchase some attractive sandals that provide your foot with added support to wear more often during warm weather.

If you are constantly bothered by foot, knee, hip, or back pain, contact Medici Spine & Pain to schedule a medical evaluation and consultation. We concentrate on the root of your pain to provide a well-rounded treatment plan for your success.

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To Dr. Sonny and all the staff at Marietta: What a wonderful appointment I had at Medici for epidural injections! I can't say enough about Jana and Sarah and the gentleman in the back and front office personnel also. They were so caring and friendly; it was quite entertaining while waiting for my turn! They have such a pleasant camaraderie together and engage the patients in conversation too. They bring a very comfortable atmosphere to all. It sure helped pass the time and alleviate any anxiety one might have. The best part is I walked out with NO PAIN. However, later I realized that was mostly due to the local anesthesia... Ha, ha on me! I know it is a temporary fix, but I will enjoy it as long as it is effective. I thank all who I've been in touch with during this journey. You're all awesome at all locations!! P.S. Jana and Sarah: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME ON AND OFF THOSE NARROW TORTUOUS BEDS!!!! It was my biggest fear!!! Blessings to all...."I'll be back!!"

Joy P.

Dr. Geiger is heaven sent. After one visit hearing my story of dealing with 13 years of awful pain from shingles, she changed my medications. That night I started the new medications and have remained pain free. I still use lidocaine patches but the new medications have made All the difference. She's deeply caring for her patients and thorough in her questions and examination. Too bad I didn't know of her earlier. She has changed my life and I thank God everyday she's in my life. I can't find enough words to praise her skills and thank her for being my caregiver. Apparently she has recently moved here from Florida and we are glad to have her here.

Dr. Dosanjh Patient

Dr. Dosanjh is extremely knowledgeable in his specialty with remarkable knowledge of anatomy and the causes of pain. His ability to diagnose the cause of pain and then provide a complete set of progressive options for resolution is superb. His friendly demeanor enhances the doctor-patient relationship.

Madinah A.

This is MY GUY here I love sonny so much people dont even understand. Whe my primary didnt know what was wrong g with me Sonny did sent me for MRI and it was good from there. I been with sonny for 4 years and counting if I ever move Im coming to Sonny. Also every staff member he got is family to me. When I say this is a dam good doctor HE IS THE BEST.


Everyone in this office is TERRIFIC. Starting from the front office checking in, and going into the room for my visit with dr. Sonny Dosanjh. Dr. Sonny is EXCELLENT he really cares about his patients, he listens to what I have to say, does not interrupt me, he is very concerned about what is going on with me and my health concerns. He really cares. I would highly recommend this office to anyone! They really care and they are genuine. My PCP recommended Dr. Sonny and I'm ever so grateful for that

Dr. Dosanjh Patient

Thoroughly appreciated the medical services provided by Dr. Dosanjh. Dr. Dosanjh is very confident in his patient care and concern. I would definitely refer others and have been telling others about my experience at Medici Spine & Pain both Kennesaw and Buckhead. I wish he took my insurance, as I have injuries not related to my work incident for which I was seeing Dr. Dosanjh. Thank you so very much, Dr. Dosanjh! The staff is warm, welcoming and cheerful and most helpful.


Dr. Dosanjh is a very smart, caring doctor who is highly skilled in his field. He spends whatever time is necessary to "hear" his patients and to explain the proper and best results course of action. I have a very complicated head and neck injury, so it was essential to me to have someone who truly listened with undivided attention, and thought outside the box when necessary. His staff is exemplary. They could not be more helpful and thoughtful. Lucy in particular is a gift of sunshine.

Jill C.

Dr. Sonny is the best! He has done more for me in 2 months than my previous doctor did in 14 years! If you truly want to get out of pain, then contact Dr. Sonny immediately! I just cannot reiterate how incredible a doctor he is! For that matter, his entire staff is warm and inviting! And to top it off, as a patient you get free use of their amazing gym. Highly, highly, highly recommend Dr. Sonny!

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