Five Winter Foot Care Tips
As winter falls on Brooklyn and the temperatures drop, it’s important to take those extra foot-care steps necessary in harsh weather. It might seem like a burden sometimes – especially with all the holiday hubbub. You’ve got parties to attend, gifts to shop for, and planes to catch; foot care is last on your list! Even still, we here at Bay Podiatry Associates know how important winter foot care is to avoid serious foot issues. That’s why we put together this handy list of five ways to keep your feet healthy and happy during the winter months!
Keep your feet warm – cold feet come with decreased circulation and that raises the potential for dangerous issues like chilblains and frostbite. Wear warm socks and proper snow boots to keep your feet warm.
Wear safe snow shoes – snowy, icy conditions call for a special pair of shoes. Your old sneakers won’t cut it (and sandals are way out of the question!). Proper snow boots will protect your feet from the cold and help keep you steady on icy patches, avoiding a sprained ankle or any other issue.
Get the right size shoe – the right size shoe or boot will support your feet and ankles and prevent blisters or any other issues.
Moisturize your feet – feet can easily dry out during the winter, especially the heels. After a warm shower, moisturize your feet by applying a thick moisturizer directly to all areas of your feet.
Practice safety in winter activities – if you’re planning on picking up a winter sport, make sure your body is ready and that you research the right safety gear. Prevent ski boot blisters by getting well-fitting boots and wearing extra socks. Moisture-wicking socks will help to prevent athlete’s foot too. Take lessons if the sport is new to you to avoid ankle injuries.
You can avoid a great number of foot issues by keeping your feet warm and dry and wearing the right footwear. However, winter brings about new issues. Ankle sprains and fractures can occur from slips, and athlete’s foot can arise in shoes that have been shoved into wet boots. Get help from a foot care specialist immediately for effective treatment.
Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, has years of experience treating any and all foot and ankle-related issues. To schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn, NY office, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.