“Flip-flops have singlehandedly caused more problems with people’s feet in the last couple years than probably any other type of shoe,” said Dr. Rock Positano, a podiatrist at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery.
Geller is certainly not alone.
“I was at the supermarket, and I slipped in my flip-flops on cottage cheese and really hurt myself,” said Tiffany Andreade of an embarrassing fall.
These women and others may be heading feet first into a world of short- and long-term foot problems. Positano sees about five to 10 flip-flop related injuries a week — injuries he believes are a direct result of women wearing flip-flops in place of normal walking shoes.
“The problem with this is absolutely no support & the foot is able to go in any direction it wants to go in, and it directly impairs the ability of the foot to function as a shock absorbing part of the body,” Positano explained.
That the flip-flops are dangerous is not news to the long-time readers of the Manolo’s humble shoe blog.