Winter may have been marked by repeat visits from the Polar Vortex, but now that spring has arrived, the constant snow is likely to be replaced by rain. After all, that old saying “April showers bring May flowers,” had to come from somewhere.
When the weather is wet, it's important to keep your feet warm and dry. Not only are wet shoes and socks uncomfortable, but damp feet can lead to fungal problems such as Athlete's Foot. And since April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, it's a perfect time to remember the importance of foot care.
A great – and fashionable -- way to care for your feet during damp days is by investing in a good pair of rain boots. Some companies – Hunter is just one example – make removable fleece rain boot liners for chilly spring days.
If you are in the market for rain boots this spring, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Comfort is key. Rain boots can be cute, but don't sacrifice comfort -- especially if you're planning to wear the boots for a good amount of time or walk long distances. It's especially important that the boots keep you warm and dry, don't hurt your feet and provide support.
Don't forget size. Rain boots that fit the feet may be too tight or too big around the calves. In those cases, see if the boot can be adjusted around the leg. Don't forget to try on boots with socks to make sure they fit well and are comfortable for walking. There are also plenty of styles of rain boots that end below the calf for those who prefer a shorter boot option.
Quality counts. Rain boots come in a variety of colors, styles and prices. Choose one that's good quality and seems to be long-lasting and weatherproof enough to withstand puddles and showers.
As podiatrists at DM Foot and Ankle Associates, Dr. Michelle Kim and I see how ill-fitting shoes can lead to injuries and foot damage. Call our Lemont office or make an appointment if you need help choosing rain boots or any other type of shoe. We also offer inserts that can give your boots extra support.
Enjoy the warmer weather and stay dry when showers strike!
By Diana Emini