You may think the most important feature of a pair of winter boots is their ability to keep your feet warm. A Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, however, we know that your choice can also have a big impact on the overall health and comfort of your feet. Below are some tips to consider before making your purchase.
- First, be sure you are getting the correct size. Have both your foot professionally measured. Don’t be surprised if one foot is larger than the other. This isn’t unusual—buy for the bigger foot.
- Look for boots with a deep and roomy toe box that’s round not pointed. In footwear you always want wiggle room for your toes, but when it comes to winter boots you’ll also most likely want to wear heavier socks. It’s a good idea to bring the type of socks you’ll wear with the boots to the store so you can try them on together and get a more accurate fit. A rounded toe box keeps toes from getting cramped which can reduce the risk of fungal infections and ingrown toenails and also reduces discomfort from bunions.
- Get a thickly-cushioned insole and deep heel cup. This will increase comfort and stability. Don’t be fooled by wooly or furry interiors—these are on the surface and will flatten out. You want the insole itself to be cushioned to give extra shock absorption and support.
- Go for a low heel but not no heel. Yes, you want to keep heel height low to avoid added risks of ankle sprains and slips. A completely flat boot, however, will not give adequate arch support and can result in heel pain from plantar fasciitis or strain on your muscles which may lead to Achilles tendonitis.
Talk to our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw or Dr. Adam Thompson if you have a chronic foot problem. They can make recommendations about footwear styles that will best accommodate your specific foot problem. Contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office for an appointment.