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1300 Bancroft Ave
San Leandro, CA 94577
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How can I prevent sweaty feet in winter boots?

It’s not always easy to prevent sweaty feet in winter. Thick boots may be warm and waterproof, but wearing them all day can trap moisture. There are, however, a few things you can do to keep your feet dry and prevent your boots from becoming a bacteria breeding ground.

Always put on a fresh, clean, moisture-wicking pair of socks; cotton or wool usually work well. It helps to have a couple pairs of boots to alternate every other day, too—it gives each pair a chance to dry out completely between uses.

When you shower, make sure you wash the tops of your feet and between your toes thoroughly, then pat dry and apply moisturizer. If you’re worried about athlete’s foot from sweaty boots, antibacterial soap is a good investment. You can even swab your feet with alcoholic mouthwash or soak using black tea packets to fight fungal infections.

Don’t let sweaty feet this winter spiral into a more serious condition. Keep checking and caring for your feet every day, and call Foot Doctor of the East Bay at the first sign of bigger trouble. Dial (510) 483-3390 to set an appointment today.

Whare the best walking shoes?

The best walking shoes, to put it as simply as possible, are ones that fit well in all areas and provide the proper amount of cushioning, support, and traction.

It’s important to remember that walking shoes are built differently than ideal footwear for running, basketball, tennis, or other activities—you need the right shoe for the right activity. For instance, shoes for walking need extra cushioning and stiff rubber soles to support your heel, since walking involves a heavier heel strike than running does. This kind of footwear should also have some flexibility (especially in the forefoot), but not so much that you can twist or bend it. It should be comfortable right from the start, with no “break-in” period.  A secure fit across the instep is important too, as well as enough room in front to prevent toes from jamming. Breathable fabrics like canvas and mesh are best. Finally, don’t wear them until they’re worn out! If you notice wear in the tread, it’s time to get a new pair.

For more footwear tips, or to schedule an appointment, contact Foot Doctor of the East Bay at (510) 483-3390. Visit us in San Leandro, Pleasanton, or Los Gatos.

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