When the weather gets cold and streets become wet or icy, our shoe choices can have a greater impact on our health and safety. Here are a few thoughts from our podiatrists here at Advanced Foot Care Centers to help get you through the winter and provide support for your feet.
If you’re spending time outdoors, and particularly in winter weather, it is important to wear shoes or boots that match the environment and planned activities. Consider the insulation and ability to keep your feet and toes warm in a particular pair of shoes. These days, many fashion boots use synthetic fibers to mimic the look of real wool shearling but provide none of the warmth. It’s easy to overlook the importance of warmth for our feet, but the complications of frostbite or exposure to the elements is too serious to ignore.
Likewise, stability is more important than ever in winter shoes. Look for shoes or boots that provide good traction to help you avoid slips and falls which could result in significant injury to your feet, ankles or the rest of your body. For many older adults, convalescence after a bad winter fall can be very slow and undermine overall wellness. You can help prevent falls by purchasing rubber grips to add to the soles of your shoes for better traction.
Ladies, if you must wear heels, please don’t put your hands in your coat pockets while you walk. Should you trip, you need those hands to protect yourself during a fall. With a bit of planning, one can wear proper boots while walking outside, and then switch to more fashionable shoes when indoors.
Our business is to keep you safe during the upcoming winter months. If you have any questions or have experienced a cold weather injury please contact us by phone or visit us at one of our six location in Tennessee ( Hixson, St. Elmo, Brainerd, East Brainerd) and North Georgia ( Ft. Oglethorpe, and Dalton).
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