November 22, 2010 — The chilly days of fall have once again brought out the UGGs for everyone — men, women, and children alike.
These cozy, Australian sheepskin lined boots surely make winter more “doable,” but there are several do’s and don’ts to be aware of when sporting this stylish boot.
“Although UGGs are super comfortable for most people, they have little to no arch support and a loose fit, which can cause tendonitis and heel pain among other foot ailments,” says Krista Ammirati Archer, DPM, PC. “Also, keep in mind, if you commonly go sockless while wearing UGGs, your feet are more prone to skin infections like athlete’s foot and dermatitis. It’s best to wear socks with your UGGs.”
Archer also customizes her patient’s UGG inserts based on foot type. She states the most common customization is for a flat foot. If you follow these easy tips you can keep your feet healthy and happy in your UGGs all winter long.
• Inspect the boot’s interior, including the liner: Look inside and take out liner. If they are badly worn (missing fur, stained, dirty, etc.) replacement inserts should be purchased. Spray the liner and interior of boot with anti-fungal spray, and do so at least once a month.
• Inspect the boot’s exterior: Inspect at the outer soles, especially the heels. If any part of the heel is excessively worn this can accentuate and aggravate an existing foot deformity. Your best bet is to get a new pair (keep your eye out for the new UGG(R) Australia-Jimmy Choo limited edition boots!). Treat the outside of the boot with a stain and water repellent. This will prevent a moist interior environment, which breeds fungus.
Source: MyPRGenie, www.myprgenie.com