How To Choose Winter Boots

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Here in Brooklyn, we’ve already seen plenty of snow and it’s not even officially winter yet! Living in a place with tough winters means you need a pair of tough winter boots. When you’re doing your winter gear shopping, loading up on ice scrapers, snow blowers, heavy jackets, and more, don’t skip on the boots. We put together some great tips for purchasing a good pair of winter boots this year.

Follow these tips when making your winter boot selection:

  • Look for boots that are well-insulated and waterproof. If you have diabetes or poor circulation, this is especially important to keep your feet warm and comfortable.

  • Use a waterproofing compound to treat your boots for extra safety.

  • Select a boot made out of material that allows airflow but keeps your feet dry. Wet feet are quite susceptible to issues like odor and toenail fungus. If you do choose rubber boots, make sure they are fully lined.

  • Look for low heels and thick rubber boot soles with deep grooves for maximum traction on slippery areas. We often see patients with ankle sprains who slipped on a patch of ice.

  • Wear socks that wick moisture away. Many synthetic socks are great for keeping your feet warm and dry.

  • Listen to your feet! If someone tells you your boots need to be broken in or need to mold to your feet over time, they are not being honest with you. If the boot doesn’t feel comfortable when you’re trying it on in the store, it’s not the right boot for you!

Winter can bring a whole new routine for foot care for some people. Treat your feet right and avoid common winter injuries by buying the right winter boots.

Another way to treat your feet right is to schedule an exam with your podiatrist this winter. The staff here at Bay Podiatry Associates is here to offer our expert information about how to treat your feet during the winter. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas has years of experience treating any and all foot and ankle-related issues. To schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn, NY office, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.