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Wearing flip-flops should be limited

Wearing flip-flops should be limited

The arrival of summer brings along liberation when it comes to dressing. It is very common to see many people, especially young, wearing inappropriate footwear as a summer accessory. The flip-flops are preferred by the youngest in summertime. According to Juan Gutierrez, podiatrist at the Vithas Xanit International Hospital, "wearing flip-flops should be limited to the beach, swimming pools and public showers, in order to avoid skin disorders". The Vithas Xanit Hospital belongs to the Vithas health group, which has 19 hospitals and 27 medical centres in Spain.

But this type of footwear generates twice as many inconveniences as advantages:

1.It is not suitable for long or short walks, since we tend to take very short steps while wearing them, we drag the foot and the ankle makes a greater effort.

2.Failure to hold the foot in place creates an imbalance, increasing the risk of falls and sprains.

3.They can cause injuries between the 1st and 2nd toe, due to rubbing against the strip in the middle.

4.They generate a stretch of the plantar fascia, causing inflammation, pain and tiredness.

5.Having a flat shape, flip-flops have poor plantar support.

6.It is not advisable to do sports activities and it is forbidden to wear them while driving.

7.They can produce "claw toes" due to inadequate support.

8.Modification of the gait pattern, with the biomechanical consequences that may result.

9.The foot is unprotected, i.e. very exposed to external agents.

10.In more susceptible people, such as diabetics, who often have inadequate circulation in their feet, any injury can lead to serious complications.

But not everything is inconvenient when it comes to this type of footwear, we can and should comment on some advantages:

1.Our feet can "breathe".

2.After outpatient's podiatry treatment, the use of flip-flops is indicated in certain cases when the foot needs ventilation as long as they are not worn over long distances or for long periods of time. 

3.They are easy to put on.

4.They protect the soles of the feet from the hot sand of the beach.

5.Easy to clean.

In short, "this type of footwear has a very specific usefulness and its improper use must be avoided, since the advantages can become pathologies of the foot in the medium and long term", adds Juan Gutierrez.

The origin

Nowadays it is considered a fashionable shoe, but let's not forget that it was already worn in the time of the Pharaohs. After World War II, the military took them as souvenirs to the United States for women to use at home, but they travelled under the name JANDANLS. In the 1960s, a Brazilian company, HAWAIANA, began to manufacture them from rubber. 

Vithas' commitment: accredited quality care, personalized service and long term

Vithas is the leading healthcare operator with 100% Spanish capital and the second largest in Spain. Each year, it cares for more than 5.000.000 patients in its 19 hospitals and 28 medical centres called Vithas Salud. The 47 centres are distributed throughout the country and include hospitals in Alicante, Almeria, Benalmadena, Castellon, Granada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Sevilla, Tenerife, Vigo, Valencia and Vitoria-Gasteiz. The 28 Vithas Salud centres are located in Alicante, Almuñécar, Elche, El Ejido, Fuengirola, Granada, La Estrada, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Lleida, Madrid, Malaga, Marín, Nerja, Pontevedra, Rincon de la Victoria, Sanxenxo, Sevilla, Torre del Mar, Torremolinos, Vilagarcia, and Vitoria-Gasteiz. 

Vithas counts upon more than 300 extraction points throughout Spain thanks to its network of VithasLab laboratories and its own central purchasing office, PlazaSalud24, which as a leader in the sector provides services to more than 39 hospitals, 35 medical centres and 20 dental clinics. Finally, Vithas currently has a strategic agreement in the Balearic Islands with the Juaneda Healthcare Network, which has 5 hospitals and a wide network of medical centres throughout the region. 

Vithas' commitment to accredited quality healthcare and personalized service goes hand in hand with the firm support and long-term vision of Vithas' shareholders: Goodgrower, who control 80% of the capital, and the' La Caixa' group, with the remaining 20%.

With a growth model based on geographical diversification and sustainability, Vithas plans to continue consolidating its national presence both by opening new centres and through acquisitions.

About Vithas Xanit International Hospital 

Vithas Xanit Internacional Hospital (www.xanit.es) has a team of more than 780 professionals and has 13.000 m2 distributed over five floors with 106 individual rooms. In addition, it has a specialized medical centre in Malaga, Vithas Xanit Limonar, which offers patients the most innovative techniques and protocols in Radiotherapy and Medical Oncology and has outpatient consultations with oncology related specialities. Vithas Xanit also has a specialized medical centre, Xanit Fuengirola, bringing their medical team to this town to continue offering its care with the same quality.


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