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By Crofton Podiatry
December 20, 2016
Category: Foot Care Tips
Tags: warm socks   slippers   foot soaks  

Brr! The weather just keeps getting colder! While we know to layer on the clothes and zip up our puffy coats, you may not know how to properly care for your feet to protect them from the cold, winter climate. The following are some tips for braving the cold, inside and outside:

When you’re going out:

  • Double up on Socks – Always wear socks. If your feet seem to be cold even with socks on, try wearing a thin sock, and then a thicker sock on top. Make sure, however, that your feet are not too constrained.
  • Be cautious of waterproof boots ­– Winter shoes usually tend to be thick and waterproof preventing the feet from breathing. Coupled with double socks, it can create a situation where you sweat, but doesn’t dry up, making you feel colder. It’s also a breeding ground for bacterial or fungal infections. If you have to be in your socks and boots for a long time, use foot powder on your feet to reduce wetness.
  • When doing winter activities like skiing or snowboarding, wear the appropriate boots to keep you safe.
  • DO NOT WEAR SUMMER FOOTWEAR – even if it’s that much more convenient for a quick trip to the store.     

When you’re staying in:

  • Feel free to break out the fuzzy, cozy socks, but make sure they have anti-slip grips on smooth floors.
  • Warm slippers – If you prefer fuzzy slippers, make sure that there isn’t heavy duty grip for if you’re walking on carpets; on the other hand, grippy bottoms are best for hardwood floors or tile.
  • Let your feet warm up by the heater or fireplace. However, make sure to stay a safe distance away so that you do not risk fire or cooking your feet!
  • Rest feet on a heat pack, but make sure the temperature is not too hot as to burn your feet.

For both inside and outside:

  • Drink warm beverages – Avoid alcohol as it may warm you up at first, but then it will cool your core temperatures. It can put you at risk of bumping into things or slipping on black ice.
  • When your feet feel cold even with socks on, try a hot foot soak with Epsom salt. It can relieve soreness and help with dry skin. If they are red or itchy, try using some baking soda to alleviate symptoms. If they are cracked or dry, you can put moisturizing cream or honey to heal the skin.

Still feeling cold? We are here to help check out what the problem might be. Make an appointment at Crofton Podiatry with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, by calling us at (410) 721-4505. We are happy to serve all patients in Crofton, MD and the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas. We wish you happy and healthy holidays!

 

 

 

 




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