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Our Slipper Guide To Protect Your Feet This Winter

Winter is here and it’s definitely slipper weather! We get many questions from our patients in the clinic on winter footwear, for example, what makes a good slipper? Is there a specific kind to buy?

Like day to day shoes, the wrong slippers can lead to lower limb pain and injury. So before you reach to the back of your closet and bring out your old faithful slippers, take a minute to read through our tips and see if your slippers are offering the protection your feet need this winter.

When purchasing slippers we like to look at a few points including:

  • The fit;

  • The functionality - or ability to do the job; and

  • The materials and properties of the shoe.

Sounds complex? Let’s break it down.


Fit:

Our feet change across our lives from periods of rapid growth through childhood and even increasing in width during our adult years. No two feet are the same (even between your left and right feet), so it’s important to get each foot measured when you purchase new footwear to ensure you have the correct size.

Having a ‘well fitting’ slipper means that the length, width, and depth of the shoe has room for all of our toes to fit comfortably when we walk and the shoe is secured to the foot which reduces the risk of trips and falls. At My Family Podiatry, we love slippers with velcro straps which are a great option to quickly and easily adjust the fit and keep the slipper snug to the foot.

Function:

Slippers aim to protect our feet when we are indoors from the cold weather. We look for slippers that are enclosed to keep our feet warm and have a rubber sole for insulation against cold flooring surfaces whilst providing enough grip to reduce the risk of falls on smooth surfaces such as tiles.

Materials:

Thinking about the materials the slipper is made from is important to our foot health. Insulating materials such as wool can create excessive warmth, leading to our feet sweating and potentially developing fungal skin infections like Athlete's foot (also known as Tinea Pedis). Wearing socks made from natural fibres (either bamboo or cotton) helps draw sweat away from the foot keeping it at a comfortable temperature.

Top Tips for Slipper Selection and Wearing:

  1. Get both feet measured by a professional to select your correct size.

  2. Pick a slipper that fits the length, width, and depth of all of your toes and feels comfortable from the first wear.

  3. If you require orthotics, choosing a slipper which can accomodate this through a removable insole.

  4. Slipper models with velcro straps provide the best fit and are quick and easy to get on and off especially for those with stiff foot joints.

  5. Enclosed slippers at the toes and heels with a rubber sole will provide great protection from the weather and hard floorings whilst decreasing the risk of slips and trips in the home.

  6. Wear natural fibre socks (bamboo or cotton) with your slippers for good foot hygiene.

  7. Monitor your skin (especially in between the toes) for any changes including redness, peeling skin, or itching. If any of these symptoms present see your podiatrist.

  8. Regular airing of your slippers in direct sunlight can help reduce the build up of any fungal spores inside the slipper.

Our top recommendations this winter include:


Ladies

  1. Panda ‘Eclaire’, Price Range $ - A microsuede, high top boot style slipper with zipper enclosure and durable rubber sole for the more style conscious.

  2. Comfit ‘Brunette’ model, Price range $ - Wide opening for ease of slipping on and off with a Velcro strap to customise fit. The inner sole is made from antimicrobial memory foam for improved foot hygiene and comfort.

  3. Vionic Lynez Slipper, Price range $$ - Arch support removable insole to accomodate orthotics for those requiring extra support.

Mens

  1. Panda ‘Edison’, Price range $ - Adjustable straps on top and at the back of the heel with a non slip sole make them a great option.

  2. Propet ‘M0202’ model Price range $$$ - is great for those who require a wider fitting slipper. Their wide mouth opening allows easy access for those with stiffer foot joints.

Unisex

  1. Podowell ‘Alan’ models, Price range $$$ - The Alan slipper offers a higher cut and wide fit providing protection and warmth up to the ankle, its adjustable velcro straps on top of the foot allows for easy and secure fitting. The removable insole in this model makes them a great orthotic friendly option. Machine washable and hand washable inner sole.

Kids

  1. The Ciao brand of slippers have ranges for boys and girls from babies to toddlers and young children. Price range $ - their moulded heel cups help secure the heel in place and velcro straps provide a secure fit and encourage independent dressing.

If you are having problems sourcing appropriate slippers or winter footwear or want a personalised recommendation based on your foot type, orthotics, previous injuries and activities book an appointment today with one of our My Family Podiatry Podiatrists to get your personalised footwear recommendation this winter.



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