Time for a fall footwear audit

This post was written by Ashley Bojrab, DPM, AACFAS, ABPM , PPG – Podiatry.

Sadly, summer is over, and we’re officially migrating from sandals and flip-flops to boots and closed-toe shoes. As we make the transition, it’s a good idea to go through our closets, clean out the worn, uncomfortable and unsupportive shoes, and make sure we have the appropriate accessories.  


The first thing you want to examine is the tread on your shoe gear. If the tread is worn down and you are unable to see the grooves, or the heel edges are wearing away, it’s time to replace the shoe. 


Fall and winter can bring snow, sleet and extremely cold temperatures. Boots are very useful to protect our feet from the harsh conditions Mother Nature likes to share during these seasons.  Not only can they keep our feet clean and dry when snow and rain fall, but they also keep them insulated from the cold temperatures. 


Socks are the most important accessory for shoe gear. I advise wearing the appropriate socks with the appropriate shoes. The “no-show” socks are great when paired with the correct shoe, but not necessarily with a covered shoe or boot. Even ankle socks can cause issues, like blisters or sores, if a boot rubs the skin that is not protected by the sock. Try to avoid direct contact between the boot and your skin to prevent harm. Longer socks or tights on the lower legs help decrease friction so the skin will be protected.


Finally, even if you think you know your size, it’s important to get measured routinely for the proper fit. Also, consider a shoe with a rounded toe area, which gives the toes plenty of space.

If you have any questions or concerns, speak with your podiatrist or primary care physician.  


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