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October 13, 2018
Winter is coming. Here in Colorado, many of us are taking inventory of our cold-weather footwear line-up, always looking to maintain that perfect balance of fashion and good sense. The seasonal transition from sandals, lightweight tennies and sling-back pumps to loafers, stylish boots and the always practical snow boot can be hard on our feet.
After enjoying airy, lightweight shoes – most with little support – for months, our feet will soon be stuffed into closed shoes or boots made of a heavier material, with soles designed for traction. With our feet more tightly encased, even quality footwear can irritate existing foot problems and create new ones. Now is the time to try on your shoes and boots, checking for proper fit and any damage to the material; confirm that the tread is intact.
Wearing quality, well-fitting footwear is essential to maintaining foot health. In Colorado, it’s even more important. Our months of snow and cold create slippery conditions and uneven terrain, leading to serious falls and injures. Staying on your feet is just as important as staying warm. Here are some guidelines for keeping feet healthy and happy this winter:
You’ll be wearing sturdy shoes and boots for the next several months. If they are flimsy or don’t fit well, the negative impact on your feet will be almost immediate. Those trendy, high-heeled boots may look great, but they can alter your posture, cause blisters and bunions, or trigger a fall.
Our footwear affects our everyday health. This winter, let’s be careful out there. If our feet are healthy, we’ll be able to enjoy the activities and sports that make Colorado such a fantastic place to live.
If you have a foot or ankle injury, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Not seeking treatment can have long-term consequences. Cold-weather season is the perfect time to get Foot Doctors Orthotics custom-made inserts for your winter shoes and boots. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-598-2471.