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Hands off! Feet police take aim at the Aussie thong

Is it time we gave our thongs the fling?
Is it time we gave our thongs the fling?

THEY'RE a must at any backyard barbecue or visit to the beach, but is it time we flung our thongs into the scrapheap.

Medical experts are now warning thongs could be doing us physical damage.

The Australian Pain Management Association says Australians should skip the iconic thong to protect against development persistent pain.

CEO Elizabeth  Carrigan explains that wearing non-supportive shoes can lead to long-term pain in the feet, ankles, knees, and even hips and back.

"Our feet require arch support for optimum health, which thongs, many sandals and cheaper closed-in shoes often do not provide,' says Ms Carrigan.

How often do you wear thongs?

This poll ended on 04 November 2013.

Current Results

Every day

56%

Every weekend

8%

At least once a week

14%

Never

21%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"It's sad that so many people - including a worrying trend of young people - set themselves up to develop pain, when it's so simple to switch to correctly fitting, supportive shoes with good arch support.'

Topics:  editors picks health lifestyle medical



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