Sandals are comfy in hot weather, but most don’t provide much support, and walking in them can cause inflammation of the heel, said podiatrist Dr. Michael Quinn at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. That pain ranges from a sharp pain and limp while walking, to the need for special support or physical therapy.
It’s best to take the extra time and slip on some shoes with better support, he said. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the feet, too. And don’t go barefoot in public places, to avoid warts and athletes foot.