As the temperature starts to creep up, many women opt for flip flops.  However, what many women fail to realize is those seemingly harmless flip flops, may be just as bad as their maligned high heels.

Many foot experts warn against wearing these flip flops for long periods of time because the flat, rubber shoes just can’t soak up shock from the pavement like more substantial footwear. Most flip flops are also overly flexible and lack arch support, which can put extra stress on the foot’s tendons.

According to the 2012 National Foot Health Assessment, a full 78% of adults report having experienced foot pain at some time in their lives. How much of that is due to flip flops depends how often you wear them – and what kind you wear.

While many podiatrists don’t completely disapprove of flip flops – the American Podiatric Medical Association has a long list of recommended styles – there are a few things you should know before slipping them on.

Take a look at some of the latest research findings on what flip flops can do to your feet, and the ripple effects it can have on the rest of your body

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