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Winter Boots: How to Select the Perfect Pair

Health & Prevention

Winter is on the horizon which means many of us will be trudging through snow and slush at some point soon. One thing that is often overlooked is the importance of winter boots in both foot health and helping to prevent falls. NEBH Chief of Podiatry Kenneth Leavitt, DPM offers the following advice when selecting winter boots.

  • When boot shopping, consider trying on boots in the afternoon, as your feet are naturally more swollen later in the day. If the shoe you try on is comfortable during that time period, it should be comfortable at all times.
  • Make sure there’s room in the toe box for your toes to wiggle.
  • Think about the socks you plan to wear with your new boots. They should be thick and fluffy to allow for an air pocket of sorts around the foot – which acts like a blanket.
  • Select boots with rough or textured soles, which will give you more traction and help to prevent slipping.
  • If your feet require arch support, look for boots with insoles or talk to a podiatrist about orthotics.
  • Be sure to select waterproof boots, which will keep snow and water out and ensure your feet are warm.
  • Finally, the most important thing is to select a boot which has at least a 1.5 inch heel height difference between the front sole and the bottom of the heel. As with all shoe wear decision-making, foot mechanics requires a shoe or boot with a heel height difference.

Finding the proper shoes is just one step you can take in preventing falls this winter. For more tips on preventing falls, click here.

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