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Cowboy boots, good for the feet?
Cowboy boots, a staple of the old west, and now a popular style may actually be good for feet.
The boots were originally made from cowhide but later more exotic skins such as alligator, snakeskin, elk, ostrich and snakeskin were utilized as cowboy boots became a fashion item.
Cowboy boots often associate the wearer with values such as rugged individualism, self dependence and self confidence.
It is important to obtain a good fit so patronizing an experienced retailer is important. Stick with a reputable manufacturer too. One should try on boots later in the day when the feet are larger. Try on the same size as one normally wears but then look for comfort as sizing and shape does vary among manufacturers. There is a misconception that the pointy appearance of a cowboy boot toe may be uncomfortable. The ball of the foot or metatarsals sit back in the wide part of the boot and the tapered toe area is decorative and does not compress the toes.
Cowboy boots have a relatively high heel and well arched shank. Long term use of high heels can lead to a tight heel cord or shortened achilles tendon so it is best to vary heel heights. Patients with back problems should also limit use of higher heeled shoes. Heel pain is one of the most common problems seen in the podiatrist's office and it is often due to plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition of the ligament that holds up the arch. Cowboy boots elevate the heel and the shank provides excellent arch support often alleviating symptoms of heel pain.
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Podiatric medicine and surgery. Over 25 years of experience successfully treating foot and ankle problems.
Eddie Davis, DPM, PLLC
San Antonio, Texas