The feet and ankles absorb approximately 120% of a person’s body weight. That is a significant amount of force, so it is important to keep your lower extremities safe and protected.

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently moved to the South to take advantage of warmer weather. I am excited that I can embrace sandals, flip-flops and more casual shoes this summer. Do you have advice on the best ways to protect ankles, feet and toes?

ANSWER: Whether you live in a warmer climate or not, summer brings outdoor cookouts, family excursions and activities that beg for open-toed or casual footwear. Whether it’s getting out for a leisurely morning stroll at the beach or playing on the lawn with the kids, your feet keep you moving.

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