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Doctor insights on: Orthaheel Flip Flops

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What is wrong with me? I get pain walking barefoot and need squishy flip flops

What is wrong with me? I get pain walking barefoot and need squishy flip flops

Could become painful: People with high arches place more pressure on the bottom of the heels and on the balls of the feet. Waking without adequate arch support could lead to the painful condition of plantar fasciitis. People with flat feet will also stretch the fascia when there is not enough arch support. ...Read more

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Can flip flops cause hammer toes?

Can flip flops cause hammer toes?

Chronic : Wearing of flip flops cause instability across the metatarsal (toe joints) and thus would cause the toes to "grip" the ground more during walking. This can lead to hammer toes or "contractures" that over time, will need to be surgically straightened if they become rigid and do not reduce or return to normal straight if you push down on the toe. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my heart is flip flopping a lot lately?

What does it mean if my heart is flip flopping a lot lately?

Palpitations: Palpitations have many causes from anxiety through anatomic and physiologic abnormalities. The feeling of bounding usually relates to the volume of blood pumped with each palpitation. There is no simple single answer for the question. If you're bothered by the feeling should consult a dr. To see if the problem can be clarified. ...Read more

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What is better for your feet -- wearing flip flops or going barefoot?

What is better for your feet -- wearing flip flops  or going barefoot?

There is a whole: Debate about barefoot walking/running. Personally, i think we were born barefoot and there is nothing wrong with barefoot walking unless it hurts. Running is a different issue because nowadays streets have hard pavements and the hard pavement is not flexible like a dirt or grass floor and stress on asphalt may cause injury. Nowadays, flip flops with arch supports are available as well. ...Read more

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How likely is it to get fungus on your feet from not wearing flip flops in the men's locker room?

How likely is it to get fungus on your feet from not wearing flip flops in the men's locker room?

Not very likely.: We used to worry about fungus being spread in locker rooms, showers, etc. Now the thinking is that these fungi are pretty much everywhere, and it is the environment of the shoe (dark & damp) which allows them to get established on the feet, especially between the toes. Washing your feet daily with soap and water and wearing clean dry cotton socks are strong preventative measures. ...Read more

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Is walking a lot with flip flops, particularly on an incline plane bad? Could this lead to plantar fasciatis?

Is walking a lot with flip flops, particularly on an incline plane bad?  Could this lead to plantar fasciatis?

Go figure.: The odd thing about plantar fasciitis is that some people never suffer from it no matter how long they stand or walk. They seem to be immune from the problem despite wearing, what seems to be, totally inadequate shoes and engaging in activity that stretches normal biomechanics to the limit. Having said that be prepared. ...Read more

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How do I get the bottoms of y feet to be less dry when i wear flip flops. They get really rough and the lotion that I use doesn't seem to help.

How do I get the bottoms of y feet to be less dry when i wear flip flops.  They get really rough and the lotion that I use doesn't seem to help.

Hmph: What you are asking for is is like asking how to cure a scratchy neck but you like to wear turtlenecks shirts...Your feet will dry out due to the wearing flip flops and constent exposure to dry conditions. If you must wear the flip flops, try putting lotion on your feet before you go to bed and wear socks to soften your skin overnight. ...Read more

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Bp on hydrochlor usually130/80 today was98/75. Took it twice. I'm 61 yrs. Is this too low. Don't feel faint, few flip flops of heart ?

Bp on hydrochlor usually130/80  today was98/75. Took it twice. I'm 61 yrs. Is this too low. Don't feel faint, few flip flops of heart ?

Diuretic/salt: Factors contributing the greatest effects upon your blood pressure are your salt intake and the diuretic, hydrochlorothiazide. While the hctz does lower ones bp, it does so at the expense of ones cardiac output and it actually increases ones peripheral resistance which means ones arteries are more constricted. Perhaps, given the BP changes, your dr could use an ace inhibitor or an arb instead. ...Read more

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Is it still a palpitation if it is just a single flip flop minutes or hrs apart. I had 21 today between 8 am and 6 pm no pain, no breathlessness?

Is it still a palpitation if it is just a single flip flop minutes or hrs apart. I had 21 today between 8 am and 6 pm   no pain, no breathlessness?

Yes it is: Hear irregularity of any kind can give you a sensation like this. These are all called palpitations but their nature hast o be further defined with an ekg. So you should visit your doctor for further evaluation to find the cause and treat it appropriately. You may need to see a cardiologist or start with your primary care doctor or an internist first. ...Read more

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I am 34 and have worn flip flops all my life year-round. Recently, thin flip flops cause bad foot pain that takes 2-4 days to subside. What happened?

I am 34 and have worn flip flops all my life year-round. Recently, thin flip flops cause bad foot pain that takes 2-4 days to subside. What happened?

Don't flip out.: The change in flip flops , appears to have caused your foot to work a lot harder. This increased activity as well as increased impact, caused temporary damage to the foot structures and the foot responded accordingly. This may or may not be a sign of things to come. ...Read more

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My blood pressure and pulse has flip flopped this week but never been as low as it is today. These are my readings 113/55 p 69, 114/59p 68, 115/57p65. What should I do?

My blood pressure and pulse has flip flopped this week but never been as low as it is today. These are my readings 113/55 p 69, 114/59p 68, 115/57p65. What should I do?

Not always bad: Blood pressure below 120/80 is not always a bad thing. As long as you are not having symptoms you should be fine. A heart rate below sixty , for example, is considered bradycardia (slower than normal) but can be completely ok if non-symptomatic (extremely fit people like runners etc). Notify your doctor of any light headedness or dizziness. ...Read more

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Best flip flops for sweaty feet?

Best flip flops for sweaty feet?

Flip flops: In general are not the most supportive. I think it would be wise to go see the foot doc to figure a good way to treat or control the sweaty feet. ...Read more

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Could wearing flip flops cause muscle and leg pain?

Could wearing flip flops cause muscle and leg pain?

Absolutely: Podiatrists hate flip flops for that very reason. Stop wearing them, wear athletic shoes (cross trainers, etc) for a while and see if that improves your pain. If not, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Do you think wearing flip flops could cause muscle and leg pain?

Do you think wearing flip flops could cause muscle and leg pain?

Yes!: Muscle cramps are sometimes caused when we use muscles repeatedly (over and over again) that we don't usually use. For example someone who wears shoes wearing flip flops all day at the beach. He will be using his calf muscles more and in a different way then normally does and get a cramp. ...Read more