Flip flops *sigh*…they’re convenient, inexpensive and summer-y. It would be nice if they were great for your feet too! Flip flops are linked to many issues ranging from inefficient shock absorption to instability and over-pronation. They also mess with your natural gait pattern by interfering with the Windlass Mechanism. This mechanism refers to your metatarsophalangeal joint (1st knuckle of your big toe) extending to allow your plantar fascia to tighten in order to create a rigid lever for propulsion. By throwing off your feet as you walk, flip flops can throw off your full body—leading to a whole host of issues. So make sure you’re not going on any long, arduous walks or over-relying on those flip flops this summer!