Easy Measures to Prioritize Foot Care in the Winter
Every season of the year challenges your feet in a different way, but your feed feet need a little extra TLC in the harsh winter months. There are three simple steps you can take to off your feet some more attention this winter.
A long deep stretch prior to outdoor activity can go a long way in preventing injury. Since cold weather can impact your flexibility, a stretch prior to activity is just the warm up your muscles need.
Combat Dry Skin
There’s no doubt that your skin will dry out considerably during the winter, especially since you’re likely spending hours on end in forced air heating. Dry skin is more likely to develop calluses, which can split and form fissures on your feet, leaving you at risk for infection. If you don’t already have a moisturizing routine, this is the time to adopt one. Amp up your use of a moisturizer and do so diligently throughout the winter.
Appropriate footwear is especially critical for those braving the winter up north as you’ll be relying on your feet to slog you through extremely low temperatures. Waterproof insulated winter boots are essential to keep your feet warm and dry while damp feet invite bacterial infections. As an added preventative measure, foot powder will help keep your feet dry. If purchasing winter footwear for your children, be sure to purchase boots that fit perfectly. Even though they’ll likely grow out of them next year, not doing so puts your child at risk of a foot or ankle injury.
Above all, do everything you can from exposing your feet to any extreme temperatures. Doing so will put you at risk of injuries and frostbite!
Precision Podiatry is here to help your feet get through the winter so that they’re ready to sprint into spring. Contact us today to get your next appointment scheduled.