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By the way, doctor: Flip-flops - how bad are they?

Flip-flops — how bad are they?

Q. I read your article about hammertoes. Are flip-flops really that bad for your feet?

A. Flip-flops are named for the sound they make when you walk, but they could have been called ouch-umphs — the sound you'll make after wearing them all the time.

This isn't just a matter of opinion. Researchers at Auburn University have found that wearing flip-flops alters the way one walks, changing the gait in subtle ways that can lead to serious sole, heel, and ankle problems. They presented their findings at the 2008 annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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