Fall Into Boots That Fit And Feel Good This Season

By: Gen Wright

Now that fall is officially here, there is no better time of the year to take advantage of hiking trails near your home. Whether you are traveling for or right now the road now is the time to take in the vibrant colors without the summer haze and crowds. Although mornings may be chilly, most days bring perfect hiking weather during the fall season. While hiking your feet may get wet, leading to cold feet. They can get wet from water entering the boot, or from your feet sweating. To avoid foot problems, it is important to keep your feet dry, which is sometimes easier said than done.

Fall Hiking - Keep your Feet Warm and Safe

While hiking during the fall season, stream crossings and muddy trails are not typically a major issue. Hiking after an early snow is probably a bit more likely, so make sure you are wearing an appropriate pear of hiking books that are water resistant. The biggest cause of cold feet is moisture from perspiration, because the tendency in colder weather is to add extra layers to the feet. This would be an excellent idea if they could be taken on and off as easily as a jacket or hat, but this does not usually happen.

The key is to hike in a medium weight, wicking sock. Multiple layers of socks or a sock which is too thick will most likely cause excess perspiration after the first hill. The perspiration quickly becomes cold, damp and wet, which increases the chance for irritation, chaffing and blisters. Adding extra layers to your feet may also make the fit in your hiking boot a potential problem. When the boot is too tight, the risk for blisters, heel bursitis and nerve impingement increases. In general, make sure your socks fit the type of shoe or boot you will be wearing this fall, and by all means, get out and enjoy some fall hiking while the weather lasts.

Wear Proper Fitting Boots

With so many stylish boots this season, how can you choose the perfect pair? The American Podiatric Medical Association has tips to help make your boot buying and wearing experience pain-free and comfortable. Some foot friendly boot tips include:

* Have feet measured. Your size can change throughout your life. Keep in mind that your boot size may not fit the same in all styles and brands.
* Try boots on in the afternoon because feet tend to swell during the day.
* Buy for the larger foot - most feet are not exactly the same size.
* Carry an insole when boot shopping in case a pair lacks the proper arch support.
* Boots should feel comfortable when tried on in the store. There should be no "break-in" period.
* A boot constructed of natural materials, like leather, will keep feet dry and comfortable during the winter months.
* Choose a boot with plenty of toe room, a firm heel counter, and traction to ensure stability.

Understanding the components of proper fit can help your make sensible shoe purchases for yourself and your family. Whether you are going hiking or for a walk around your neighborhood, fall is a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors. Contact your podiatrist in New York City before you go hiking or purchase a pair of boots. Your podiatrist will be able to help you determine an appropriate fit for your feet that will provide comfort and protection this fall season.

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Sean Hartmen writes for leading foot doctor in NYC, Dr. Gary Evans. Dr. Gary Evans has also appeared on Good Morning America to demonstrate laser toenail treatment in New York City using the PinPointe FootLaser. Dr. Evans, New York City foot doctor, is qualified to handle any podiatry need for patients of every age.

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