Flip-flops blamed for wide range of foot pain

July 20, 2012 1:13:10 PM PDT
Summer is the season for easy-living footwear, but a new study says wearing flip-flops for everyday use can be bad for adults and kids alike.

The newly released National Foot Health Assessment for 2012 blames flip-flops for a variety of foot pain.

According to the report, the popular but light-weight sandals do not adequately absorb shock when walking on hard surfaces.

Flip-flops can also contribute to tripping, falling, and even serious ankle injuries.

But the report credits flip-flops in some cases . It says they are perfect for walking on hot sandy beaches to avoid blisters.