Regardless of how you feel about winter, it’s important to equip yourself with the right type of winter boots for your particular needs. Not having proper footwear for your activities and environment can create dangerous conditions for your feet. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing information regarding what makes the perfect winter boots.
Waterproofing: This is one of the first things to consider when shopping for winter boots. Spending extended periods of time with wet feet in the cold weather can be especially dangerous. Many winter boots are constructed using waterproofing materials, but you should still make sure the literature that comes with any pair of boots confirms this.
Insulation: Keeping your feet warm is essential when you’ll be outside, and the right insulation will keep your body heat inside where it belongs. For shorter times in the cold, neoprene can be a good, lightweight choice because it’s durable and it retains its insulating characteristics over time.
Traction: Slipping on packed snow or ice can be a ticket to fractures and sprains.
Wearing boots with good anti-slip properties can help prevent this. Look for deep, and large lugs in the rubber of the outsole. A heel brake, which stands out from the rest of the outsole, can add further protection against slippery surfaces.
Comfort: The best features against winter weather don’t mean a lot if the boot doesn’t fit comfortably and leaves your feet to move easily. Always try on boots before buying them, preferably when wearing the kind of socks and orthotics you will most likely wear with them. If you spend time in ill-fitting or cramped boots, your feet will pay the price in terms of heel pain, blisters, and other conditions.
If you need more advice on the best footwear for your seasonal needs, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA and he will be happy to help. Contact us today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation.