Feeling that chill in the morning and having trouble getting out the bed? Digging out all your lovely enclosed shoes and boots? Yes, we are officially in the cold winter now.
It is easy to neglect our feet during the winter months. We often hide our feet into a warm pair of shoes and as the old saying goes ‘out of sight, out of mind’. This time of year presents unique challenges for our feet. Looking after them now will ensure they are in tip top condition by the time spring rolls around.
We will be running a winter series blog over the next few weeks to provide you some information and tips to help your feet to survive over the next few months.
To kick of this series, we will be discussing one of the most important topic which is “Shoes”.
Who’s secretly happy to hide their feet again as boot-season is upon us? Well, you’re not alone.
In winter time, our feet are mostly covered in enclosed shoes to keep the feet nice and warm. That’s why it is very important that you are wearing the right shoes with the right fitting.
Here Are Some Tips For You To Get The Right Shoes
When buying new shoes, keep in mind the following:
- Leather is preferred for shoe uppers. Synthetic or rubber soles are best for the sole as they tend to be more durable, shock absorption and provide better grip than leather.
- Shoes should be secured on the feet with laces, straps or buckles. If your feet have to work to hold your shoes in place, your foot muscles may be strained.
- Pointed shoes can cramp your toes together. Clenched toes can cause rubbing, leading to corns and calluses. Broad- toed shoes prevent the feet from cramping but must be secure so the foot doesn’t slip or slid which can also create rubbing to the feet.
- Get Shoes Fitted in the Afternoon
- The best time to buy shoes is in the afternoon as the foot will generally swelled up throughout the day. Fitting shoes, while the foot is at its largest, will ensure the shoes fit during a full day.
- Take Your Own Socks and Orthoses
- Socks and orthoses can influent the sizing of the shoes as they can take up spaces inside the shoes. Therefore, it is best to wear the socks or the orthotics that you normally wear.
- Decide Shoe Lace or Velcro
- Decide if you will get shoes with laces or velcro. If you have trouble reaching your feet then velcro or slip on shoes can make your life lot easier.
- Have Both Feet Measured and Fitted
- It is very important to have both feet measured and shoes fitted as often the size of the feet are different. When fitting, pull the insole out from the shoes, have your foot on it, and make sure there is one thumb width from the longest toe and the foot is not hanging off on the sides.
- Test for Comfort
- Always walk around the shop and trial the shoes before buying to ensure they are comfortable to wear.
- See a Podiatrist for Footwear Advice. A podiatrist can provide you with footwear education and advice based on your legs, feet, and how you walk.
Also Check The Following
- The heel of your shoe is less than 2.5 cm. High heels increase pressure onto the ball of your foot and adding stress onto the lower back.
- Your shoes have a well padding sole. A cushioned sole absorbs shock and reduces pressure to the feet.
- Your shoes are made from a material that breathes. Fungal infections such as tinea love a warm moist environment.
- Your shoes protect you from injury. Your feet must be protected from your immediate environment. People with diabetes, peripheral nephropathy, and circulatory problems need to be especially careful that they do not injure their feet.
Tips For Wearing Shoes In Winter
- Alternating footwear each day during winter will allow shoes ample time to ‘air out’ between wears. The added warmth from closed shoes and warm socks may cause your feet to sweat, increasing the risk of infections such as tinea and fungal nail. Absorptive socks can help with drawing moisture away.
- As you may wear thicker socks in winter, ensure shoes and boots fit comfortably and are not too tight.
We hope the above tips can help you get the right shoes for this winter. If you do have any trouble finding the right winter shoes, our Podiatrists can get you the right shoes for your feet.
At our Browns Plains clinic we also stock a wide range of high quality comfortable winter shoes that are recommended by Podiatrists. You can Click Here to check the brands that we currently stock or come in and pay us a visit!