Boots may look great. But they should feel great, too. “Look for a boot with a nice wide toe box, good arch support and side-to-side stability,” advises podiatrist Gina Hild, DPM. Follow her tips on choosing and wearing boots, and your feet will be forever grateful.
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Tips for buying and wearing boots
- Before you buy boots, test them for support. “It should not be easy to bend a boot in half from back to front, or from side to side,” says Dr. Hild.
- Always change up your footwear. Avoid wearing the same boots day in and day out. If your boots get wet, dry thoroughly before putting your feet in them.
- Shop with insoles if you have diabetic neuropathy. Add a diabetes insole to boots to relieve pressure. Choose boots with a nice wide toe box that won’t rub against hammertoes or bunions. Always bring your insole shopping to make sure boots won’t crowd your foot when they’re in place. Watch for rubbing, too, and check your feet frequently.
- Keep feet toasty if you have Raynaud’s syndrome. Make sure boots stay warm and dry — the warmer, the better. Pick a boot that will not rub your foot, with plenty of room in the toe box.