How to protect your feet this winter
Colder weather is quickly approaching Northern Virginia, and brings with it the need for more substantial footwear. If you have problems with your feet and ankles, it can be difficult deciding which shoes will provide the most support as well as protection from the elements. The podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers in Lake Ridge, Virginia, have provided some information on the best boots to wear during the winter months.
If the weather report is calling for precipitation, rain boots - also called wellingtons - are an obvious choice. But your Lake Ridge podiatrist cautions against purchasing a cheap pair. Although they may be cost-effective, cheaply-made rain boots may not be totally waterproof and will likely lack the support you need to keep your feet comfortable as well as dry. When shopping for rain boots, make sure they are waterproof and have cushioned insoles. If you'll be wearing them outdoors in cold weather for long periods of time, you may want to ensure they're insulated as well to keep your feet warm. With this type of boot, your Lake Ridge podiatrist suggests going up as much as one full size because the waterproof materials typically don't have a lot of "give" and could cramp your toes.
Like rain boots, waterproofing is an extremely important aspect for snow boots. They should also be comfortably padded on the inside, but have a rigid sole with lots of traction to counteract slippery surfaces. The boots that are in style today typically offer plenty of room in the rounded or square toe boxes, a feature that is especially important in cold weather.
Would you like specific recommendations for winter boots from your Lake Ridge podiatrist? Contact Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia. We'd be happy to set up an appointment for you to discuss your options.