I grew up as part of a skiing family, and one of the things I always struggled with was keeping my feet comfortable while skiing. It took me some time to figure out the right balance to keep myself feeling good on my feet, but once I figured it out, what a difference it made!
“Feet and ankles are particularly important in skiing, as they act as shock absorbers and brakes, as well as helping to steer and accelerate when whizzing down the slopes, so they must be protected as much as possible. Any pre-existing conditions or injuries can not only compromise an athlete’s performance but also leave one open to further damage to the area. However, these risks can be minimized with the right equipment and training,” says Dr. Kevin Kirby, a podiatric physician specializing in biomechanics and sports medicine.
“Healthy feet and ankles, which act together as accelerators, steering, brakes, and shock absorbers in winter sports, are not only crucial to success in competition but also help keep the body upright and out of the emergency room.”
“Ski boots are the most important piece of equipment for skiing, and ill-fitting boots can lead to a host of problems,” says Dr. Kirby. “Ski boots should be a snug fit – if they are too loose, the foot and ankle can slide around inside the boot and the pressure exerted by the constant forward motion and side to side movements of skiing could lead to sprains, strains, and fractures. Too tight, and the boot will rub and blister the foot.”
In addition to ensuring proper boot fit, there are a host of other potential foot health issues that can arise from extended periods spent in cold conditions or being active on your feet.
Sprains/Strains: As much time is spent on your feet and ankles while skiing, it is important to tend to any injuries immediately. If injuries don’t require a visit to the emergency room to check for fractures or broken bones, be sure to use the traditional treatment plan of R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation).
Frostbite: Extended exposure to below freezing temps and snow can leave your feet vulnerable to frostbite. Be sure to know what to look for so you can seek immediate medical attention if necessary. If toes feel extremely cold, are numb or tingling for an extended time period, or if you see your skin changing to a blue or white color, it’s time to get yourself to a doctor ASAP!
Bunions: Bunions can often be irritated by the bug fit of a ski boot. If you have bunions, wearing a tight boot will make the problem worse. You may want to consider a wider fitting ski boot to accommodate your bunion and prevent any further irritation to the foot.
When getting fitted for a ski boot, it is best to visit a fitting professional at a ski shop and rent them for the season, rather than renting at the mountain each time you hit the slopes. Also, be sure to bring any orthotics or inserts with you to be sure your boots can accommodate them.
Now, when you’re not on the slopes- what should you be wearing for that maximum support, comfort, balance, fit, relax feet, wiggle toes, non-aching arches. non-aching insteps, non-aching plantar (bottom) of your feet, non-aching backs – knees-legs when dealing with footwear.
Let this video explain what a therapeutic design or construction is all about dealing with footwear. Therapeutic/Orthotic consider an extra depth construction.
We are a therapeutic line, and the explanation between a conventional comfort line and our’s found in the video below
Ten reasons what makes Therapeutic footwear so much superior to a Comfort Shoe:
1) The strongest mid-support in the shoe business. No bilateral movement view the video above for illustrations and a midsection depth that gives you support and the maximum room in the footwear world. One of many reasons why therapeutic is considered extra depth
2) The strongest heel counter in the business that helps create no bi-lateral movement and the tallest heel counter in the footwear world. A reason whey therapeutic footwear considered extra depth
3) A taller toe box to create more wiggle room and space for your toes a reason why considered an extra depth footwear
4)Extended bottoms to give you the fullest width and support than any other shoe line anywhere
5) A lightweight shoe for less wear and tear on your feet but with all that great added support
6) all removable arch support to put a more advanced support system or a customized inserts
7) Women’s styles having a 3 to 1 combination last for better fit and support for your heel
8) Fuller forefront in the construction of the footwear to create more comfort and room for that maximum support and comfort and a reason why considered extra depth footwear
9) Deeper heel counter to build more balance and support to the heel section of the foot and other reason why consider an extra depth footwear
10) Leather lining that creates more flexibility and breathability to the foot
We have 4A (Slender width for Ladies) 2A (Narrow width for Ladies), B ( Medium width for Ladies and Narrow width for Men), D (Medium width for Men and Wide width for Ladies), 2E, 3E, 4E, 5E, 6E, 7E, 9E, 10E, 14E widths in Men’s and Ladies styles
We carry up to 20 in Men’s styles, and 15 in Ladies dealing in lengths
We have 5 to 6 lengths, in selected styles for Men and 4 to 5 in Women’s length
Some additional information and explanation of this type of footwear for all the Ladies out there:
ATTENTION LADIES, HERE IS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR NEEDS:
We have all those wide widths that are needed but with our 32 new styles of women’s footwear that we will be offering a 4A (Slender) 2A (Narrow) B (Medium) D (Wide) 3E Extra Wide) 5E Extra Extra Wide, 7E Full Extra Wide 10E Extra Full Wide, 14E (Superior Extra Wide Width) widths for you ladies- that is unheard that is offered by one website.
Why having this 3 to 1 combination last is so important in creating that perfect fit for all our ladies. What does 3 to 1 combination mean? The heel counter is 3 times narrow than the ball width of the shoe. Okay, big deal? Well, this is a critical factor because a women heel structure is a great deal narrow than a Men’s and if we made all our Ladies footwear as the same last of a Men’s style- the ladies heels would slipping all day long or have a terrible fit!
Having these 1 to 3 Customized Heat Moldable Inserts ( that is Free and remember that the shoe has to have a removable footbed for these inserts to work. Not all AA widths have this, but we’ll state, on our descriptions if you can receive 1 to 3 pair of these inserts FREE- up to a $240.00 value) will make that perfect fit, comfort and support experience out of this world – especially for those NARROW FEET!.
If you know someone (Ladies) that needs sandals, casual footwear, athletic footwear in a 4A (slender width) or AA (Narrow) width- let them know we have then and a great selection as well.
All new Slender (4A) and Narrow (AA) widths for ladies- look out we will have a ton for you to choose. New Dress Boots, up to 14 inches in shaft height, for women, Dress boots and new dress styles for Men as well. All Weather Footwear and Boots for both Men and Women. Some new dressy footwear for Men and women.
All our new and old styles are therapeutic/comfort that has the best fit and support in the shoe world.
It’s nice being called the “King Of Widths”, again 4A to 14E widths, on the internet, and all found at www.dtfootweear.com
Ron Heinlein | President/Founder | Cell # 909-215-1622
Designer Therapeutic Footwear Co.
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