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PODIATRIST PROVIDES WINTER BOOT BUYING TIPS

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On the surface, snow looks soft, fluffy, pristine. Trudging through the slush is anything but. That's why it's so important to invest in comfortable winter boots to help you brave the harsh elements. Go for a round and wide toe box. A deep and round toe box allows you to wear thicker socks and still give your feet some breathing room. "Your toes should be able to wiggle," says Priya Parthasarathy, DPM, a podiatrist based in Silver Spring, MD and a spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). A wide toe box with a soft flexible upper is also ideal for people with bunions.

 

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Dr. Priya Parthasarathy

 

Choose a pair with a cushioned, removable insole and a deep heel cup. An insole that's thick and cushioned will provide a lot of support for your arches and heels—a bonus for people who suffer from plantar fasciitis or have flat feet—while also keeping your feet warm. "A removable insole allows you to use custom orthotics or more supportive insoles if needed," Dr. Parthasarathy says.

 

Source: Tiffany Ayuda. Prevention [9/19/19] 


Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News. 


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