It’s easy to forget about your foot care when socks and boots bundle them up over the winter, but foot problems are prevalent during the winter months. Fortunately, you can minimize your risk by taking the proper cold weather precautions. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, our foot care specialist can help you develop a foot care routine that protects and prepares your feet from the threat of cold winter weather. Read on to learn Dr. Hochstein’s recommendations for preparing your feet for the winter.
Winter Foot Care
It’s essential to care for your feet all winter long to ensure they’re ready for when spring finally arrives. Dr. Hochstein has compiled a list of winter foot care tips to protect your feet and keep them healthy in winter scenarios:
- Moisturize – Dry winter air combined with indoor heating is a recipe for cracked skin on your feet and heels. You can prevent and treat dry skin by moisturizing your feet after you shower. Avoid putting too much moisturizer between the toes, as moisture can stay there and lead to infection.
- Proper socks and footwear – The right socks will insulate and protect your feet. Breathable fabrics and moisture-wicking synthetics can reduce sweating and keep your feet warm and dry. If you’re participating in winter activities like skiing or snowboarding, make sure you utilize the appropriate footwear.
- Keep your feet dry – Snow and rain make it challenging to avoid wet shoes when you’re venturing into the cold. This unavoidable dampness can lead to infection. Remove wet socks and shoes quickly, and let your boots dry before reusing them.
- Prevent injuries – Ice and snow increase your risk of foot fractures during the winter. Wearing boots with good traction can keep you safe. When skating, skiing, or snowboarding, exercise caution and enjoy these activities safely within your limitations.
Dr. Hochstein provides a range of foot care services to help you achieve good foot health all year round. To learn more winter foot care tips, be sure to contact us today!