Great for keeping your feet cool, flip flops can cause all sorts of personal injuries. Here are some of the most common injuries caused by wearing flip-flops.
Injuries caused by wearing flip-flops
Flip flops can easily cause slips and trips. The most common slip and trip injuries caused by wearing flip-flops include ankle sprains and broken wrists.
Worn while driving a car or motorcycle, flip-flops can also cause motoring accidents. Injuries by car or motorcycle accidents can be serious, even fatal.
How flip-flops cause accidents
Loose fitting, open and generally quite slippery, flip-flops can cause slips, trips and falls or vehicle accidents by:
- Getting caught on steps, loose flooring or pedals
- Slipping off pedals
- Slipping off your feet at the wrong moment
Many ankle sprains and broken ankles are caused by feet slipping sideways in flip-flops, causing the ankles to go over.
Overuse injuries caused by wearing flip-flops
Providing virtually no support for your feet, flip-flops can also cause potentially serious overuse injuries. One of the most commonly suffered overuse injury caused by flip-flops is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament connecting the heel bone to the toes.
The moral of the tale
In a nutshell, flip-flops are great for relaxing on the beach, but they should never be worn for prolonged periods, daily activities or while driving a car or motorcycle.
Not wearing flip-flops for too long or during the wrong kind of activities helps to prevent many accidental injuries. In some cases, however, even wearing the right footwear cannot prevent accidents. You may, for example, trip over a broken kerb or a pothole in a pavement. Someone else may cause a car accident, or you could be injured at work through no fault of your own. In cases like these, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
If you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you will need expert advice on claiming for compensation and legal representation. Drawing on over 16 years of experience as a law firm specialising in personal injury claims, we, Accident Advice Helpline, can provide both.
If you sustained an injury for which someone else was responsible for in the past three years, give us a call on 0800 689 0500 from a UK landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now to learn more. Calls to our 24/7 helpline are obligation-free and confidential.
Date Published: March 14, 2017
Author: Accident Advice