Posts for tag: Winter
Winter is the season for all of our favorite indoor sports. Our feet are not to be forgotten about in the midst of all the excitement during this season. We have put together some tips to keep in mind when picking out your shoe gear for your winter sports.
Basketball shoe gear comes in 3 main styles: High-tops, mid-tops and low-tops. Regardless of which style you prefer, always be sure to have someone properly measure your foot for your correct shoe size.
· High Tops - High-top basketball shoes offer the most ankle support, but will be a bit heavier than the other styles due to the extra material. If you are looking for the most supportive basketball shoe and can handle some extra weight, this is the shoe for you.
· Mid-tops - The mid-top stops at ankle level which allows more freedom and movement than the high-top and still provides sufficient ankle support. This is most popular among basketball players.
· Low-tops - The main advantage of this style is that it is light weight which allows players optimize speed and quickness. However, this style does not offer much ankle support.
Hockey skates should fit 1-1.5 sizes smaller than your street shoes. Your toes should barely touch the toe cap and have no more than 1/4 of an inch of space in the heel. Once the skates have been laced up, they should feel snug with the foot resting flat.
The keys to an ideal volleyball shoe are: cushioning, stability, breathability and something lightweight. Cushioning is especially major for an every day player or someone who plays in tournaments. The stability a player gets from these shoes is important as no other shoe is made for all the motions of volleyball. That is why it is important to purchase an actual volleyball shoe when playing instead of trying to use your every day running shoes. Breathability is also important as this is what keeps your feet cool and dry, so look for a shoe that has mesh incorporated into it which will promote breathability. Most volleyball shoes are already made lightweight to allow them to respond to your every move quickly.
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The snow has finally arrived and everyone is pulling out their favorite pair of boots! Whether you wear boots to work, to shovel, or out on date night, it is important to pick the perfect pair with the right level of comfort. Here are a few tips for picking out your best winter boot:
1. Always buy for your bigger foot. It’s important to have your feet measured to find shoes that will fit both of your feet comfortably. Nine out of ten women are currently wearing shoes that are too small for them. This can lead to problems like bunions, hammertoes, calluses and more.
2. Make sure your foot has arch support. A cushioned-soled boot with sturdy support is important for your foot. A well built shoe normally has a removable liner that can be replaced by orthotics or arch supports.
3. Shop at the end of the day. Your feet will have swollen and measure more true to your size if you go boot shopping later in the day.
4. Don’t buy a flimsy shoe. Invest in a good pair of boots that fits right and will last a long time. Only the front third should bend up. The rear two-thirds of the shoe should be strong and unable to bend or twist.
5. Wear the right socks. Make sure to wear the same type and thickness of socks that you normally wear when shopping at the store.
6. Don’t let your feet get wet! The material of your boot is just as important as the way it fits. If you are buying a snow boot make sure that it’s waterproof. Keeping your feet dry will ensure that there’s no room for fungus to grow.
Most of us have drawers full of mismatched socks of all sizes, shapes, and colors. But even though we may have a lot of socks, we have very few of the “right” kind of socks. We’ve paid very little attention to the material of the sock and have ended up with mostly cotton socks. Unfortunately, in the winter this can be quite a problem, in fact cotton socks could just be your foot’s worst enemy in the winter.
Many people aren’t aware of the importance of a quality winter sock. Socks affect your feet in many different ways; everything from infections, to fungi, to blisters, and your toenails are directly affected by the type of socks that you wear on a daily basis.
Insulation is extremely important when choosing the type of sock you are going to wear in the winter. Cotton socks fail to keep your feet insulated and no matter how thick they are, they do very little to combat the cold. Instead of keeping out moisture, cotton socks soak in and retain moisture. The socks then actually expand and become loose on your feet.
The type of socks that are guaranteed to help keep your feet warm are socks made of natural fiber blends such as wool, cashmere, or sheepskin. Natural fibers will keep the body well-insulated, as they would for an animal.
The socks that you wear should fit well and be thicker than the everyday sock. Should your socks become moist, it is imperative to change out of these as soon as possible.
At DM Foot & Ankle Associates, Dr. Emini and I see many problems that can be avoided by simply wearing the right type of socks and shoe gear. So take control of your foot health today and start buying the right kind of socks and shoes for the cold winter weeks ahead!
BY: Michelle Kim
Here in Chicago (aka Chiberia), we need to keep all of our body parts covered up during these single digit climates. These include hats for our heads, scarves for our necks, gloves for our hands, and socks for our feet.
At DM Foot & Ankle, Dr. Emini and I try to keep our patients informed about how to keep their feet warm. Last week we discussed two winter foot woes - frostbite and chillblains. This week we will discuss best ways to prevent these conditions.
The most important aspects include two major factors: first is keeping your feet warm, and second is keeping them dry.
The best way to keep feet warm are to wear socks made of natural fiber blends such as wool, cashmere, or sheepskin. Natural fibers will keep the body well-insulated, as they would for an animal. The socks should fit well and be thicker than the everyday sock. Should your socks become moist, it is imperative to change out of these as soon as possible.
In terms of shoes, make sure to wear a pair of shoes or boots that are waterproof and also insulated. Again, boots lined with natural fibers such as sheepskin are a perfect fit for the winter. Make sure to add your orthotics for added support!
If your feet are prone to sweat, or if your fingers and toes tend to get cold very easily, you are at a higher risk for frostbite and chillblains. At any point in this frosty weather, if you are planning to be outside for more than ten minutes, keep those feet as warm as you can. These socks and boots are a vital investment to protect your toes. Stay warm, everyone!
By: Michelle Kim
You know it’s officially a Chicago winter when you look at the thermostat and the reading says… zero degrees! When temperatures are this low, we need to protect ourselves from different cold weather injuries. The toes are extremely susceptible to the following conditions because they are the furthest from the heart and have the least access to the circulation in the body.
1) FROSTBITE: This is when your skin literally freezes. It starts on the outer layer of your skin and penetrates deeper and deeper into your tissues. If just the outside skin gets frozen, the damage is reversible and is called frostnip. If it gets deeper, the frostbite can start freezing off your blood vessels, nerves, muscles, and bone. This damage can be irreversible, and the body parts that die off may need to be removed.
2) CHILLBLAINS: This odd term is another reaction the body can have to the cold. Small, red, and itchy bumps will appear on the cold exposed parts. These can become painful or turn into blisters. We actually saw a fair number of people in the office last winter with this condition. Most of these people did not even work outdoors, yet they developed this cold toe woe. The common themes we saw were people whose feet were prone to sweat. Sweaty feet in the cold is similar to your feet being submerged in an ice pond, which is not a good combination.
Stay tuned to our blog next week to see how to best keep those toes warm during these arctic times.
BY: DIANA EMINI