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Summer Shoes for Foot Problems

For people who have foot problems, summer can be a challenging time to find the right types of shoes and sandals. As we head into the summer months, here are a few common foot issues and the types of shoes that work best:

Plantar fasciitis – Look for sandals with a slight heel. “Plantar fasciitis is a burning sensation in the heel that often becomes worse if you wear flat sandals,” says R. August Ritter III, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Stretching can prevent or even cure plantar fasciitis.”

R. August Ritter III, MD
R. August Ritter III, MD

Chafing and athlete’s foot – The more your foot can breathe in the shoe, the better. Look for open-toed sandals in particular. If you are in a situation – such as work – where you cannot wear sandals, always wear socks. “When you wear shoes without socks, your feet will sweat inside the shoe, which can cause athlete’s foot,” says Ritter.

Support problems – Find shoes that have padding inside.

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