Not everyone is lucky enough to work in the comfort of a heated and dry office. Some people work outside no matter what the weather is, like. electricians, plumbers, mailmen and so many others. These workers work hard in the rain, sleet and snow. Now that winter is practically here, it is important to select shoes that will properly protect feet in cold conditions. Each shoe is made differently and has different styles and specs that can help with cold weather. Here are some tips and tricks for selecting the best pair of shoes to protect your feet from the cold.
- Be sure to use leg warmers with your outfit for the day. This will help to insulate the legs and promote good circulation to the feet and body overall. It will also help prevent frostbite.
- Select insulating overshoes to wear over your regular work shoes. These will help to keep the feet and toes warm all day. They typically work even better when they are paired with leg warmers and wool socks.
- Wear insulated muffs over the top of your choice of shoes or around the ankles. These will help prevent cold air from getting into the opening of the shoe at the ankle area.
- Wear thick warm socks inside your work shoes. Wool tends to be very warm and pairs well in shoes during the cold winter months. It is very good at keeping feet warm as well as keeping them dry. They are ideal for winter use and use in environments that boast extreme cold such as a cooler.
If you do not wear proper footwear during the winter months, it can cause your feet to suffer from frostbite. Frostbite can slowly cause a deadening of the nerves and tissue in the foot due to extreme cold temperatures. At first the foot will turn blue, burn and tingle or feel painful. Later, as the condition progresses the foot will turn black and lose feeling all together. If this occurs, amputation may be necessary. In order to prevent such serious circumstances, it is important to wear properly insulated footwear.
Do you work at a job that requires you to be in a constant cold climate? Having a hard time finding a pair of shoes to keep your feet warm? Visit Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, of Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle, located in the nature coast area of Florida. There he will examine your feet and collect a patient history to help create a plan that will keep your feet warm. Do not get cold feet, call 727-868-2128 or make an appointment online today!