By Dr. Elipas
October 26, 2012
Category: Foot Care
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With fall officially here, there is no better time of the year to take advantage of hiking trails near your home.  Whether you are traveling or at home, now is the time to take in the vibrant colors without the summer haze and crowds.  Mornings typically are chilly, but most days bring perfect hiking weather during the fall season in the Chicago area.

Dr. Elipas, a Chicago podiatrist, understands that many of his patients enjoy hiking or even taking a leisurely stroll through the park during the upcoming fall months, but he urges you to take proper care of your feet through proper footwear.  While hiking your feet may get wet, leading to cold feet, which can lead to foot complications.  By keeping your feet dry, you can protect your feet from damage and injury.  

Wear Proper Fitting Boots this Season

With so many stylish boots this season, how can you choose the perfect pair?  The American Podiatric Medical Association has tips to help make your boot buying and wearing experience pain-free and comfortable.  Some foot friendly boot tips include:

  • Have feet measured.  Your size can change throughout your life.  Keep in mind that your boot size may not fit the same in all styles and brands.
  • Try boots on in the afternoon because feet tend to swell during the day.
  • Buy for the larger foot – most feet are not exactly the same size.
  • Carry an insole when boot shopping in case a pair lacks the proper arch support.
  • Boots should feel comfortable when tried on in the store.  There should be no “break-in” period.
  • A boot constructed of natural materials, like leather, will keep feet dry and comfortable during the winter months.
  • Choose a boot with plenty of toe room, a firm heel counter, and traction to ensure stability.

Understanding the components of proper fit can help your make sensible shoe purchases for yourself and your family.  Whether you are going hiking or for a walk around your neighborhood, fall is a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors.  Contact Dr. James Elipas, your podiatrist in Chicago, before you go hiking or purchase a pair of boots.  Your podiatrist will be able to help you determine an appropriate fit for your feet that will provide comfort and protection this fall season.