As soon as the temperature dips below 70 here in Houston, women rush to bring out their UGGs—those slouchy, comfy, cozy pillows for your feet that you can really only wear for about three months of the year here in Texas.
For women, especially, the chance to switch from high-heeled torture devices to a socially-acceptable outdoor-version of the slipper is an occasion to be celebrated.
Well, don’t hate me, but, as always, this Houston podiatrist has to throw a wrench in the footwear-party: UGGs aren’t actually all that good for your feet, even though they feel amazing to slip into.
There are several reasons that UGGs are bad for your feet, but don’t worry I can help you with most of them. Here’s the low-down:
Problem: They’re Too Flat
UGGs have no laces, no straps and no real shape, which means your feet and toes have to clench and grab every time you take a step, just to keep from sliding around. Additionally, the completely flat base offers no arch support—in combination, these two shortcoming can lead to both foot and heel pain.
Solution: If you slip an orthotic insert into your boot, your shoes will fit better and your feet will get some added support, making the likelihood of discomfort in your favorite boots much, much lower.
Problem: They’re Too Hot
Yes, your UGGs are super cozy but, especially in places like Houston, that warm lining can really make your feet sweat, leaving you vulnerable to foot fungi like Athlete’s Foot.
Solution: Choose your socks wisely-- wear socks designed to soak up moisture so sweat doesn’t sit on your feet. Alternatively, you could put some baby powder in your socks to protect your feet and in-between your toes. NEVER go barefoot in your UGGs and ALWAYS air your feet out, sock-free, after you’ve been wearing them for a while.
The bottom line is, even your supposedly comfiest shoes can hurt your feet if you don’t know the right way to wear them. If you regularly experience foot pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider so you can stop hurting and start loving your favorite shoes again.