OOOOH ITS CHILLY…There is certainly a chill in the air tonight and if we are to believe the weather man, we are in for a cold and potentially snowy weekend. When the cold weather hits, it is extremely important that you take extra care of your skin in general, but in particular your feet, as they are more susceptible to the cold than other parts of the body. Those in higher risk groups, such at people with Raynaud’s disease, circulatory issues, diabetes etc. should be even more careful.
- KEEP MOVING – When you sit or stand in one position for too long, you may find your toes start to go numb. Keep moving your legs, feet and toes to improve circulation.
- CLEAN AND DRY YOUR FEET – Obviously this is important all year round, but in winter our feet are more prone to becoming dry and cracking. By keeping your feet clean and dry you reduce the risk of issues such as fungal and bacterial infections. Fungal infections also thrive is warm, moist areas and so if you are wrapping your feet up in warm winter boots, it is another reason to be conscious of foot hygiene. The socks you wear will also have an impact. (See next point).
- BREATHABLE SOCKS – Do not wear tights or stockings! These do not provide any warmth or insulation whatsoever. The best socks for winter are either Wool or Bamboo – Natural fibres. These materials are breathable, moisture-wicking (Draw moisture away from your feet) and will control foot sweat and foot odour.
- APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR – Ensure your footwear is appropriate for the weather outside. Choose something that will keep your feet warm, dry and protected. Do not wear tight shoes in cold weather, as these may cut off your circulation, ensure you have ample space to wiggle your toes. A shoe with plenty of padding and a substantial sole are worth investing in. Breathable fabrics are also extremely important in winter as any moisture will become very cold within your shoe if unable to escape.
- HYDRATION – Use a hydrating foot cream to keep your skin supple, preventing cracks and dryness. Particularly around the heels. Heating (in particular under floor heating) will dry our skin, zapping out the moisture, leaving then tight, rough and prone to cracking. Continue to drink plenty of water throughout the winter months too.
- REMOVE WET SHOES AND SOCKS – If your shoes and socks get wet remove them as soon as possible. Wearing wet socks can cause breaks in the skin, fungal infections, bacterial infections and if it is a very cold day frost bite.
Keep your feet warm and happy this winter.
If you have any concerns about your foot care this winter or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and book an appointment to see one of our Podiatrists.