Now I've heard of everything. I just learned that someone had produced raincoats for your shoes!

You might be laughing, but this may be just the thing for us water soaked Seattleites who have ruined more shoes than we can count.

Made under the name "Premium Reusable Boot & Shoe Waterproof Covers", they may not be the height of fashion but they could save you a heap of money. And they're slip resistant. That's certainly a bonus particularly for older adults who may not feel so steady on their feet.

For the rest of us who walk to work, cycle, run, and garden they could be a great solution to a constant Pacific Northwest winter problem.

Another way to keep leather shoes in dry and great shape is to polish them regularly and/or use a waterproof spray. You can also save money and also prevent an injury by re-heeling your shoes when they need it. If shoes get worn down they won't be as effective at keeping you from tripping over your toes.

Finally, to stay dry, be fashionable, and have a comfortable boot with a wide toebox you can also choose a waterproof boot such as one made by La Canadienne.

If you do run in the rain, there are some tips on how to so more carefully in "The Art of Running Safely in the Rain". Unlike leather shoes, tennis shoes cannot be re-soled and should be re-purchased after 500 miles of wear. That's about once a year for an average user, but can be much more frequent for an athlete. To be sure they aren't worn down, check the soles of your tennis shoes every couple months.

If you're experiencing any pain in your feet call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.

For more information about heel pain in runners download our eBook, "The Complete Guide to Stopping Heel Pain in Runners".

In addition, our newsletter "Foot Sense" comes out monthly.  You can also check out our past issues. Every issue contains a mouth-watering recipe and can be printed out for easier reading!

Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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