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Foot or Back Pain? Ditch Your Flip-Flops

It’s that time of year again. You know: flip-flop season. As the weather gets consistently nicer you can expect to see more people wearing sandals or flip-flops.

Considering they are easy to put on, allow the feet to enjoy some air and can get wet, flip-flops seem to be the perfect footwear for this time of year. However, the ease of use and low price can come at a high cost.

Due to the lack of support and the fact that most flip flops are made from foam or gel materials, they often cause many users to experience foot, ankle and leg pain, including tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and even stress fractures. Perhaps, even more disturbing is a 2009 study conducted by the University of Miami which found that one pair of flip-flops can house more than 18,000 different types of bacteria.

We say it’s time to ditch the flip-flops and invest in a new pair of SmartCells insoles to keep your feet, ankles and legs comfortable all Summer long.

SmartCells anti-fatigue insoles utilize the same technology that has long been trusted by major companies such as Boeing, Amazon, Eaton Corporation and many more as an anti-fatigue mat and flooring solution for standing workers.

Ergonomically designed to relieve discomfort from prolonged activity, the unique SmartCells act like springs that cushion and return energy.

SmartCells® anti-fatigue insoles easily slip into most shoes and come in two styles: flat and contoured, with options designed to provide maximum fatigue relief based on the character of the user’s daily activity.

The SmartCells Everyday and Active lines of contoured insoles are pre-molded and bio-mechanically engineered to provide additional cushion and support for optimal fatigue relief while helping prevent excessive pronation and related symptoms.

Designed for low profile comfort, the SmartCells Casual line of simple, flat insole inserts are built to provide a highly effective cushion when foot support is not needed.

For formal comfort, the SmartCells Dress insole provides all the cushion and comfort of a full-length insole but at ¾ length it is ideal for dress shoes.

SmartCells Insoles: I feel good.

This Post Has 25 Comments
  1. Interesting, I have never heard of these insoles before.  I have had foot pain from wearing flip flops though.  My foot pain doc told me I needed to stop wearing flip flops.  I bought some of those terrible looking crocs as an alternative.  Anything to help with the foot pain.

  2. Many individuals who suffer from flat feet will feel lower back pain because of the lack in support. Orthotics can help improve posture and ensure that you walk properly. This can alleviate many of the pains that come from poor support. A professional can help fit you with custom orthotics that will keep you comfortable.

  3. eugened314 We are with you on this one. Love the convenience of flip flops but the pain simply is not worth it. Have you tried our insoles?

  4. Pyrrhomaniac We are sorry to hear about your foot pain. Not letting them heal properly can cause some serious issues down the road. Our SmartCells insoles would certainly help reduce the pain. Let us know if there are any questions you would like answered. Feel free to use code “tco10” to receive 10% off a pair of insoles.

  5. MarcusFillion The pain you feel in your lower back can be directly related to the type of surface you stand on. Have you tried using any of our SmartCells Anti-fatigue solutions?

  6. KentClark1 We are glad to hear your pain was eased with the help of orthotics. What type were you using? Have you tried an anti-fatigue mat as well?

    1. Hello @rebenson1, it truly is amazing the beating our feet take. Our SmartCells anti-fatigue insoles come in three styles and each easily slips into most shoes. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. You can also use code ‘tco10’ in our e-commerce store for a 10% discount.

  7. My sister wore flip flops for most of her adolescence. The fact of the matter is that they’re not good for you like shoes are. The soles are quite lacking. I think that the best way to manage that pain is to prevent it. Short of that, there are therapies that you can take to fix the pain.

  8. That’s amazing! I never realized that back pain could be caused by misalignment in the foot. I guess it makes sense because the body is very much connected. When the foot is offset, it can cause a chain reaction in the body. This is good to know, thanks for sharing a possible cause and an easy fix!

  9. I didn’t know that flip-flops could cause back pain. That is very interesting. How do they cause back pain? I would assume it would be related to how we don’t have the proper support for our foot which then affects our back. Thank you for this information. I will most likely not wear my flip-flops as often.

  10. My brother has had problems with his feet for a long time. He has plantar faciitis, and he can’t buy normal shoes. I think some  of these SmartCells insoles could really help him. At the very least, he can relieve some of his pain.

  11. I have been having a lot of foot pain over the past couple of months. I have no idea what the problem is but I am looking to get it taken care of. I have heard about these insoles and wanted to research more about them. After reading this article it makes me want to buy a pair of my shoes. I hope that it helps my foot pain.

  12. I have had foot pain for about 3 years now. Maybe my foot just never healed properly after I broke it? Regardless, I’ve been looking around for some good inserts like these to help me with the pain.

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