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Be Prepared for Ole Man Winter

It has been a gorgeous autumn in which I hope all of you have been able to enjoy! Unfortunately as the season winds down its time to prepare for the next season coming upon us - Ugh winter. Just as we prepare our lawns, snow blowers and gutters it is time to look/examine our winter boot and shoe gear to make sure we our prepared for the winter months. Now is the time to examine our boots, both outsole and insoles for any excessive wear and tear. Be sure they are of proper fit. Just because you wore a certain size 2-3 years ago doesn’t mean it will be the same now. Also, foot deformities such as bunions (bump by the big toe) and hammer toes (where the toes curl up or under) can affect both the width and depth of your boot. If you wear orthotics (arch supports) you may have to remove the manufactures insole to make room for the appliance. So we will keep our fingers (and toes) crossed that Mother Nature will be easy on us this winter. In closing, keeping with the autumn spirit, I am thankful to all of you for allowing me to be your podiatrist. -Dr. Musser

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