Whether the forecast calls for rain — or shine, are you ready? Wearing the proper footwear is about more than just what’s “in” for the season. Safety and comfort are important, too. The doctors at Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston see patients who have hurt their feet or ankles because they weren’t wearing the right shoes as they faced the weather. We want to help you limit your risk of slips, falls, and other injuries.
If rain is in the forecast, wear footwear that will keep your feet dry. Wear a closed-toe shoe that has good traction, which helps to protect you from slips and falls that can lead to injuries such as a sprained ankle. In a previous post, we suggest wearing rain boots. Keeping your feet dry can also help provide a line of defense against foot fungus, so be sure to have on clean, dry socks. If you’re recovering from an injury, listen to the advice of your doctor and wear any protective gear before walking in the rain.
When temperatures rise, your first instinct will be to wear flip-flops or open-toe shoes to beat the heat. Will you be able to protect your feet from the hot ground? Avoid wearing flip-flops that can easily slide off as you walk. This type of shoe puts your feet in danger of being exposed to the hot surface temperatures. Limited traction also puts you at risk for a slip, fall, or twist. If you wear a closed-toe shoe, make sure you have enough wiggle room to accommodate any sweating or swelling that may occur. When you remove your shoes, allow them time to dry to avoid smelly feet.
We’re here to guide you and listen to your individual foot needs through rain or shine. As a board-certified team of podiatrists and surgeons, we want to help you prevent injuries and maintain healthy feet and ankles. We are located in the North Houston area at the following locations: Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. Make an appointment online or call us at (281) 444-4114.