Casual and designed to keep feet cool in hot summer temperatures, flip-flops are worn by millions every year. Few are aware of the potential long-term damage this type of footwear may cause.
Potential damages caused by flip flops
In addition to the risk of painful blisters developing between wearers’ toes, flip-flops invariably cause wearers to scrunch up the toes to keep flip-flops on their feet, which stretches the connective tissue stretching between the heel and toes. When wearing them over prolonged periods, this may eventually cause inflammations, heel spurs and painful soles. Altered gait and lack of support also mean wearers may suffer long term hip and ankle issues; tendonitis and even sprains.
Other potential risks
What’s more, wearing flip-flops exposes feet to the risk of injuries by falling objects; increased risk of melanoma through exposure to excessive sunlight and potentially fatal infections caused by bacteria picked up off the ground.
Flip-flops also heighten wearers’ risk of injury by slipping, tripping or falling. Offering little support, this kind of footwear makes it difficult to maintain a secure foothold on uneven or wet surfaces, making slip injuries like sprains, stubbed toes and broken toe nails, even broken limbs a possibility.
Naturally, even wearing other, more supportive footwear may not be able to prevent trip or slip injuries on poorly maintained pavements, wet or cluttered shop floors, and so on. If you were injured by tripping or slipping in a public place through no fault on your part, you may qualify for personal injury compensation.
Individuals, organisations and authorities responsible for places/premises accessed by the public have a duty of care towards those visiting their premises. This means they are bound by the law to prevent accidental injuries by maintaining paths, car parks, and so on, adequately and keep interior surfaces dry, clean and free of potential trip hazards. If members of the public are injured by falling, tripping or slipping on such premises, the responsible party may be held liable to pay compensation.
Claiming for compensation
Calling the 24/7 free phone number of Accident Advice Helpline and chatting informally and confidentially with a friendly advisor will quickly establish claim eligibility. An experienced legal team specialising in personal injury claims is on stand-by to provide support and legal assistance throughout compensation claims under conditional fee agreements.