When walking outside in the summer, opt for shoes that offer more support and protection.

When walking outside in the summer, opt for shoes that offer more support and protection.

Contributor: James Ioli, DPM, is Chief of Podiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

As summer approaches, the season for flip-flops and sandals also arrives. In this post, Dr. Ioli  advises caution when making the switch to sandals from closed-toe shoes and offers some helpful tips to protect your feet during these warmer months.

  • Invest in your summer footwear.

“You get what you pay for,” says Dr. Ioli. “Instead of a cheaper pair of flip-flops, opt for sandals or flip- flops that offer more support.”  Look for a deep heel cup, arch support, and a metatarsal pad (under the balls of the feet), which helps protect and support the foot when walking.

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