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My mom told me wearing flip-flops can cause foot injuries. Is she right? I don't wanna get hurt before soccer season.

As much as we adore Havaianas, truth is they're not the best for your feet. "Most flip-flops are designed with minimal support or cushion, which means that the impact from walking can lead to foot pain and injuries like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and stress fractures," says Dr. Emily Splichal, a podiatrist In New York City. Save your flips for the beach and switch to sturdier shoes, like sneaks or sandals with extra cushion and arch support, the rest of the time. And don't forget to stretch those thonged tootsies. "You'll be able to better withstand the stress from flip-flops by stretching your feet and calves," says Dr. Splichal. Head to girlslife.com/iti for the how-to.

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Date:Jun 1, 2013
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