With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas insight, you may be planning for some upcoming holiday parties. Whether formal or casual, you are probably already gathering festive wear to sport at each outing, including your shoes! When planning your footwear this winter, it is important to take the proper precautions to ensure you are as safe and comfortable as possible.
While those pumps that “go with everything” might be perfect for your night out, you might be regretting them by the end of the evening. If the ground is icy or you are going to be doing a fair amount of walking, opt for more comfortable shoes with a rubber sole and thick tread. If heels are a must, choose a pair with plenty of room for your toes and a thicker heel, and consider using insoles. Pack a pair of comfortable shoes to get you from your house to the event. You can always change into your heels when you arrive, but you don’t want to risk your safety on an icy street or be uncomfortable for the rest of the night because you wore uncomfortable and unsafe shoes to walk in.
Last season’s boots
While the styles might not have changed much since last season, your feet might have. Poorly fitted shoes are a huge cause for concern when it comes to your foot and ankle health, and wearing shoes that are too small can cause corns, calluses, bunions, and a variety of other conditions. Saving a few extra bucks on buying a new pair of winter boots might seem like a great idea, but not if your old boots no longer fit you. In the long run, you will spend much more money on correcting foot conditions caused by poorly fitting shoes than you would if you invested in a new, sturdy pair of shoes that fit you well.
Giving old shoes new life
If your old boots still fit you, check the tread on the soles and see if the heel has been worn down. These factors can also affect your balance and safety. If you are looking for a cheaper solution to buying a new pair or are particularly fond of your old boots, hire a cobbler to replace the soles and/or heel of your old pair. This reinforcement can make your old boots as good as new, and a safe, stylish option!
Bare feet are scary feet!
Though this should go without saying, avoid going barefoot in the cold. While this can pose some serious health risks when it comes to catching a cold, it is also dangerous for your feet. These dangers are not only present when walking barefoot through the snow, though! Wearing shoes specifically designed to be worn in warmer climates can be equally as dangerous as going barefoot. Avoid flip flops, open-toed shoes, and sandals in the winter months, as these will chill you to your core. In these colder months, always wear dry, warm socks with properly fitting shoes that are designed for winter use.
Here at Proactive Foot & Ankle Associates, we are always here to help answer any questions you may have about choosing appropriate footwear for the season. Our specialists would be happy to talk with you about your options should you require custom foot orthotics or schedule a consultation for any other issues you may be having. Contact us at Proactive Foot and Ankle Associates today to schedule an appointment!