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Only a thin strap and your bunched toes keep flip flops from coming off. That constant grip makes it impossible for your arch to flex normally, which in turn compromises the way your forefoot pushes off when you step forward. Deprived of a powerful push off, our testers compensated by using their hips, forcing their knees and hips to absorb more impact.To help your toes recover from the stress of being clenched, stretch the muscles along the top of the foot, says Bowman. Stand with your feet hip width apart, then place one foot behind you, turning the tops of your toes to the floor. Try to keep both knees straight, stand tall, and don’t let your ankle roll out to the side as you stretch. To compensate for this tipped forward position, it’s natural to bend your knees slightly and arch your back. As a result, your quads are forced to work overtime,
which makes them tight and prone to injury. Walking with your knees slightly bent also puts 200 percent more stress on your kneecaps, which can wear away at the cartilage and increase your risk of developing arthritis, says Howard Dananberg, DPM, a podiatrist in Bedford, New Hampshire.Give your feet a workout.To wear shoes with no built in support, you need to strengthen the tiny foot muscles that support your arches, says Bowman. Try doing toe lifts: Raise your big toe without moving the rest of the gang. It may seem impossible at first, but it’s like riding a bike, says Bowman, you just have to master the coordination. Until you get the knack, wiggle your toes and rub your feet vigorously,
which will stimulate your nerve endings and help wake up your feet. Do 20 toe lifts per foot.