During the summer months, when you are wearing light clothing and open toed shoes, you tend to pay more attention to the condition of your feet. But, just because winter months have forced you to wear heavy shoes doesn’t mean that you should give up caring for your feet. Here are some winter foot tips of things you should be doing on a daily basis to ensure your feet stay healthy throughout your life.
1. Investing in a good pair of shoes is very important. Winter shoes need to be waterproof, as well as roomy enough for two pairs of socks to properly insulate your feet. This should prevent moisture buildup inside the shoes. To prevent slips and falls shoes should also have gripping sole. The right kind of shoes can be very stylish, however, if you just can’t bring yourself to give up the fashion of a thin shoe then try an overshoe that you can remove once you are indoors. It is not a good idea to try to cram your feet into a thin pair of summer tennis shoes with heavy socks. They will not give your feet the protection they need from the frigid winter temperatures, and the thin soles will not prevent you from falling on ice.
2. The right socks are also a good investment for the winter months. To keep your feet properly insulated, and dry through the winter it is a good idea to wear two pairs of socks. The inner liner or wicking sock should be a thin synthetic sock to carry moisture away from your feet. The outer sock should be a thicker wool sock that will absorb moisture and allow it to evaporate to the outside. It is not a good idea to wear cotton socks throughout the winter. They do absorb moisture but don’t allow it to evaporate. This causes a soggy situation inside your shoe than can lead to frostbite.
3. The appearance of your feet is still important even if they are hid inside heavy shoes and two pairs of socks. Your feet should be kept clean and dry, and the toenails need to be kept clean and trimmed to prevent ingrown toenails.
4. Hypoallergenic lotion should be applied daily to prevent your feet from drying out, cracking, and bleeding that can lead to serious infections. DO NOT soak your feet as this will dry the feet out even more. If you decide to soak your feet, place some type of oil into the water because this will help soften and moisturize.
5. Put your best foot forward carefully. Ice is nasty tricky stuff and can be invisible, as well as cause some dangerous falls. Be careful leaving your house, getting in and out of your car, and just walking down the sidewalk. Even if you don’t fall, a slip can tear something that will take days to heal.
6. Don’t ignore cold feet that are numb and painful. This could be the first signs of frostbite. Soak your feet in warm water and dry with warm towels. Call to make an appointment with your doctor immediately to ensure that you don’t have any tissue damage.