As cold weather nears, expect to see warm winter boots make their way out of the closet. Perhaps the most frequently seen winter boot is the UGG boot. These boots were originally worn by Australian surfers after they got out of the water, but are now worn by many women during the winter months to keep their feet warm.
While UGGs may be very comfortable, they are actually quite bad for your feet. They have a flat sole, which doesn’t adequately support the arch of your foot.
They are slip-on rather than laced, which does not allow for a good fit. Finally, they don’t support your ankle, which can increase the risk of ankle sprains. If you have a pair of orthotics or inserts, try to insert them inside the boots to offer some support.
In addition, the boot’s inner lining that keeps your feet warm has its own problems. The dark, warm, and moist environment that is produced from wearing boots all day provide a perfect breeding ground for the odor-producing bacteria and the fungus that causes Athlete’s foot. Luckily, this is reversible and preventable. Let your boots air out completely before wearing them again, and apply an antifungal and antibacterial sprays and powders frequently to make sure that fungus isn’t growing inside the boot.
Despite all this, many women will choose to wear these boots throughout winter. If you choose to wear them, keep these hints in mind to offset some of the less desirable aspects of the boot. If you have any questions or currently have these problems, do not hesitate to call Advanced Foot and Ankle Care at our Troy Ohio, location.
Eric Polansky, DPM