Do’s and Don’ts of Footwear for Motorcyclists

It’s no secret that driving a motorcycle puts you in a dangerous position, even if you’re the most careful driver in the world. Cars and trucks have a frame between the drivers and passengers and the dangers outside. But there’s no such screen between a motorcyclist and the road, or between the motorcyclist and another vehicle.

Motorcyclists are nine times more likely to be injured in an accident than someone in a passenger car, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Many of those injuries are to the legs and feet. If you drive a motorcycle, you know about protecting your head with the proper helmet. And you’ve probably spent some time choosing a comfortable, wind-breaking jacket. Take some time now to learn some do’s and don’ts of protecting your feet while riding.

Do wear a closed-toed shoe or boot specifically made for riding as these offer the most protection.
Don’t hop on the bike wearing the flip-flops you’re planning to wear when you get to your destination.

Do wear your orthotic devices in your boots, if you have them. Look for a pair of boots with removable insoles to make more room for your orthotics.

Don’t wear a boot that aggravates any current foot condition such as a bunion. Motorcycle boots are available in wide widths for both men and women. The extra space gives you more room and won’t impinge upon your bunion.

Don’t try to economize on footwear. Buy the best boots you can possibly afford - they’re cheaper than paying for foot surgery.

Monmouth County, New Jersey podiatrists Samantha Boyd, DPM, Hal Ornstein, DPM, and Joseph Saka, DPM at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Center would like our patients who drive motorcycles to be safe while hitting the road these long, upcoming summer days. The foot safety of all our patients is important to us. If you have questions about proper footwear, or if you have foot pain that doesn’t go away after a couple of days, give us a call at (732) 905-1110. Make an appointment to see us at one of our offices in Howell or Jackson, and we’ll work hard to get you back out on the road, pain-free.