As many of you have noticed, there has been a drastic drop in temperature lately. We have all pulled out our winter coats, scarves and mittens; and that goes the same about our boots and shoes too! We cannot neglect our feet, and the weather determines what we walk around in.
Keeping your feet nice and toasty!
Layers, layers, layers! That’s what you need to keep in mind when dressing for this chilly weather! You can start by avoiding open-toed shoes such as sandals, wedges or even those peep toe booties. Wearing thicker socks with your shoes will help keep out the winter weather, and leg warmers are a great idea for your lower legs! ‘Tis the season when the emergency room fills up with all sorts of winter related injuries, such as frostbite on fingers and toes! The extreme cold or exposure to this cold weather for a long period of time can cause you to get frost bite. This occurs when there isn’t enough blood and oxygen pulsing through an organ due to the severe temperatures. This is a serious emergency, if your affected body part isn’t re-vascularized properly, amputation might occur.
Giving you stability through the cooler seasons!
Now is the time to pull out your fashion-friendly and foot-friendly boots. Both men and women, young and old can wear nice boots- autumn through winter! Boots are nice because they usually are made of sturdy materials which keep out the elements such as rain, sleet and snow! The height of the boot can also give you a nice added ankle support. And, if you still feel unbalanced in your shoes when walking around, we can perform a risk fall assessment and recommend a special type of brace for your foot type and gait. If you have any uneasiness about your stability when walking, now is the time to get assessed and fitted for a bracing device, to avoid strains, sprains and fractures, which can be very inconvenient, especially during the holidays!
If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about weather changes and the effect on our feet, come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD and Urbana, MD.
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