It’s been a pretty mild winter where I live. Until about a week ago, when the snow, ice, and frigid temperatures took hold.
The shoes I was wearing a week ago are back on the shelf, and snow boots aren’t leaving the rotation.
Without the right footwear, getting around in the winter can be tough and dangerous. The snow and ice pose a significant danger, and ensuring your feet are properly taken care of is the first step toward safety.
Here are some tips on winterizing your feet.
Make sure your winter shoes, boots, and snow boots still fit. Feet can change with age, and the footwear you had last year may be too tight this year. Squeezing your feet into shoes that are too snug can cause pain, blisters, bruises, and other problems.
If you need to get new boots, do your shopping in the late afternoon or evening when your feet are full-size. Also, bring the socks you plan to wear in the cold weather because you may need extra space to accommodate them.
If last year’s footwear still fits, you’ll want to take a look at the traction. If you do a lot of walking, it may be time for a new pair – the more traction in the winter, the more protected you are from the potential of slipping.
Some boots offer ICE FX technology, which helps improve grip in wintery conditions. You may also want to consider purchasing anti-slip devices to offer enhanced traction for slick surfaces.
Keeping a pair of emergency boots/winter footwear at work or in the car is a good idea in the case of some unexpected winter weather.
Exposure to cold air can lead to slower circulation to the extremities. To protect against frostbite, wear waterproof or water-resistant footwear, insulated footwear, and warm socks if you’re going to be out in the cold.
If you start to feel numbness or pain, go to a warmer environment as soon as possible. If you have diabetes, you’ll want to pay careful attention because neuropathy may prevent you from feeling cold.
Taking care of your feet can help you stay safe this winter. Don’t overlook the importance of proper footwear.