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The health dangers of wearing slippers around your home – ankle instability and curly toes


“Slippers are convenient, feet go in and out within seconds,” Christophe Champs acknowledged. “But this doesn’t make them the healthiest form of footwear.” Champs continued: “Ideally, anything you have on your feet for a long period [of time] should offer proper support and protection.” Slippers, on the other hand, do not – “their shape is not supportive”.

“Providing your feet, which make up one quarter of your skeleton, with minimal support can negatively affect your ageing body (however young you are),” Champs stated.

Every step taken in slip-on shoes, such as slippers, forces the toes to claw down on the material.

“Your toes are forced to grasp the slipper to lift it off the ground and carry it until your next step,” Champs clarified.

“This is because your heel is not grabbed by the footwear,” he explained.

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Wearing slippers should be “an occasional treat”, said Champs.

Instead, if you want something on your feet while at home, Champs recommends “supportive and lace-up shoes”.

“Save walking barefoot for sandy beaches or your freshly mowed lawn, and slippers for putting your feet up in front of the TV.”

Podiatrist and biomechanics expert Christophe Champ works on behalf of PODO Clinic and Workshop.

Champs warned that wearing slippers can also lead to hard skin developing under the ball of your feet.

“Slippers aren’t just bad for your feet – the impact can also be felt around the ankle and upwards to your knees, hip, back and even your neck,” Champs cautioned.

Moreover, slippers can contribute to falls, which can be particularly dangerous in the elderly.

“Think of slippers a bit like chocolate. Yes, really. Lovely, but not good for you if you have it every day.”

Wearing slippers should be “an occasional treat”, said Champs.

Instead, if you want something on your feet while at home, Champs recommends “supportive and lace-up shoes”.

“Save walking barefoot for sandy beaches or your freshly mowed lawn, and slippers for putting your feet up in front of the TV.”

Podiatrist and biomechanics expert Christophe Champ works on behalf of PODO Clinic and Workshop.



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