MD Podiatrist Provides Winter Boot Buying Tips

On the surface, snow looks soft, fluffy, pristine. Trudging through the slush is anything but. That's why it's so important to invest in comfortable winter boots to help you brave the harsh elements. Go for a round and wide toe box. A deep and round toe box allows you to wear thicker socks and still give your feet some breathing room. "Your toes should be able to wiggle," says Daniel D. Michaels, a podiatrist based in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD. A wide toe box with a soft flexible upper is also ideal for people with bunions.

 

Choose a pair with a cushioned, removable insole and a deep heel cup. An insole that's thick and cushioned will provide a lot of support for your arches and heels—a bonus for people who suffer from plantar fasciitis or have flat feet—while also keeping your feet warm. "A removable insole allows you to use custom orthotics or more supportive insoles if needed," Dr. Michaels says.

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The Reconstructive Foot & Ankle Institute, LLC Team

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