New Season? New Footwear!

The air is cooler. The days are shorter. The leaves are changing. There’s no pretending it’s summer in Chicago any longer. Fall is here, and winter is close behind. It’s time to put those sandals away and start thinking about boots to take you comfortably and safely through the colder months. Here are 4 suggestions from Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos to guide you in your seasonal footwear choices:

  1. Inspect last year’s boots. Are they in good condition with laces, lining, and soles intact? If not, it’s time to invest in a high-quality new pair.
  2. What about the fit? Foot size – both length and width – changes as we age. If it’s been more than a year or so since the last time someone professionally measured your feet, consider a trip to your favorite shoe store to make sure you’re wearing the right size.
  3. Your winter boots should be well-insulated to keep feet warm and dry. It is important for everyone but especially critical if you’re living with diabetes, Reynaud’s disease, or another chronic condition that affects either circulation or sensation. Choose a waterproof pair to keep feet dry. Not only will this help them stay warm, but it will also reduce your risk of fungal infections.
  4. Reduce the risk of a foot or ankle injury caused by slipping and falling this winter. Make sure your boots come with a thick lug sole for excellent traction on snow and ice.

The best thing you can do to keep feet healthy during the cold months and throughout the year is with regular visits to an expert foot doctor like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM. Your board-certified podiatrist is a medical specialist and the best-qualified doctor to examine, diagnose, and treat all issues related to your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule an appointment in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office today.

Author
Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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