We put a lot of weight, literally, on our feet every day, and by the time we’re 50 most of us will have walked about 75,000 miles. It should come as no surprise that foot pain is something experienced by millions of Americans, especially during winter months.
From dry, cracked skin to sprained ankles and broken bones, winter presents its own special hazards, and we hope these five tips will help you avoid foot and ankle problems during the colder months.
1) Wear the right shoes
When the thermometer plunges and ice forms on outside surfaces, you don’t need to walk around in high-heels, sneakers, sandals and flip-flops. Wear moisture-resistant, low-heeled shoes or boots, preferably with traction soles to prevent slipping. Wearing warm, moisture-resistant footwear is especially important for those with underlying health conditions, such as neuropathy or Raynaud’s phenomenon (extreme sensitivity to coldness).
2) Keep your feet dry
Damp, sweaty feet chill more easily and are more prone to bacterial infections. Wearing moisture-wicking socks will keep the feet dry, and for extra protection consider using foot powder inside your socks.
3) Trim your nails
Heavy winter footwear can irritate toenails, especially if they are overgrown. Make sure to trim them every week and a half to two weeks.
4) Exercise your feet
Exercising your feet can promote circulation and keep them warm. Pretend you’re pumping the gas and brake pedals or write the alphabet with your feet.
5) Get help
If despite your best efforts, you develop winter-related foot problems, get the very best in comprehensive foot care by calling Alpine Foot Specialists at 847-540-9949 to schedule an appointment.