Are you in the market for a new pair of boots this winter, perhaps for yourself or someone you love? It’s import to remember that some boots are better for your feet than others. With a bit of education and some careful choices, you can choose a pair of boots that will keep your feet warm, dry, and safe for years.
Here are some suggestions from Jason Grossman, DPM to keep in mind as you make your selection:
- Be sure your new boots are both insulated and waterproof. Even if the manufacturer claims that your boots are waterproof, treat them with a waterproofing product to be safe.
- Select boots made of a natural material, like leather, that allows proper airflow and keep feet dry. Although rubber or plastic boots repel moisture, those synthetic materials do not “breathe.” If you choose synthetic boots, be sure that they are fully lined to help absorb moisture and keep feet fungus-free.
- Choose boots that are supportive, but offer some flexibility. Boots with rigid shaped soles limit natural foot movement and provide little, if any, arch support.
- Boots with a rubber sole and deep tread grooves will provide the best traction on ice and snow and will keep you safe from falls that could cause foot and ankle injuries.
- Select a pair of boots with a low or stacked, chunky heel for additional support.
- Prevent ingrown toenailsby avoiding pointy styles that may squeeze the toes. Choose a pair with a wide, roomy toe box
- Keep feet warm in boots by adding a new pair of wool socks to your order. This is especially important for people with diabetes, or other health issues that may impair circulation.
If you’re having a hard time comfortably wearing shoes or boots, or if you have any other concerns related to the health of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, it’s time to see the podiatrist. Call Advanced Feet and Ankle Care at (732) 679-4330 or click here today to schedule an appointment in our Old Bridge and Sayreville offices. Dr. Jason Grossman will meticulously examine your feet, expertly diagnose any existing or potential issues, create an individualized treatment plan for your care, and offer continuing care until you’re feeling your best again.