Use Your Head and Protect Your Feet: 8 Summertime Foot Hazards

Summer can be fun, but the heat can be rough on your feet. Here’s how to steer clear of — or, if needed, manage — the most common foot health threats of summer.

Wearing Unsupportive Shoes

One step up from going barefoot in the summer is wearing unsupportive flip-flops or sandals. These can cause foot pain in their own right. “Flip-flops lack any support,” says Kelly Geoghan, DPM, a podiatrist in private practice in the Baltimore area. “They are too flat and cause the forefoot to work harder to grasp the shoe in an attempt to keep the shoe on.” For better foot health, look for sandals that offer support and protection to your feet.