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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care

The team at Clark Podiatry Center hopes you are having a wonderful start to the new year! In order to keep you walking, we want to make sure that you have information for the best winter footwear for you and your family. It’s a good time to check how your winter weather shoes are doing, and if necessary, get new shoes to best suit your needs.

Check your winter gear – is it time to change them? During these cold weather months, 
winter shoes or boots are a must. However, if they are worn down or have holes in them, it might be worth replacing them. Check for holes, worn down outer soles, weakened or shredded insoles, and compatibility with your feet. As children grown and even adults go through periods of developmental changes in the feet, shoes that suited you well last year may not be the best fit this year. Look for signs of discomfort, chafing, blisters, and any other pain when wearing shoes from previous years.

Ready for new shoes? Here are some tips on purchasing new winter footwear:

  • Always try them on. While there is a “breaking in” period for some shoes, do not purchase shoes with 
  • the hopes that they will widen out. Find ones that fit your feet and feel comfortable from the get-go. Make sure they are your correct size, too. If you’re not sure of your size, it’s best to get it measured by a sales consultant at the store.
  • Do you usually need orthotic inserts? When purchasing new shoes, it’s best to bring the inserts so that you can feel how the shoes fit with them in. 
  • For activity-specific shoes, such as skiing or snowboarding, it may be tempting to purchase a size up for your children so that they can use them for this year and next. However, this puts your children at higher risk for injury in the feet and ankles. Trying to squeeze into last year’s pair is also a risk since toes that are bunched up can cause cramps, blisters or corns.
  • Unless you are going hiking or mountain climbing, shoes do not need to be heavy duty or bulky. While the “tough” looking boots seem to be the safest or most durable, they may be a burden for people with poor balance or weak ankles. Lightweight and well built shoes are best, especially for older adults or young children.

If you have questions about winter boot shopping, or have a strain from shoes that fit poorly, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. He and his team will help you find solutions to your winter footwear needs so that you can face the winter with confidence. Make an appointment at our Clark, NJ office today! 



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