We worry more about our feet during the summer months as our sandals and summer footwear put our feet on display. Don’t fall into bad habits and hide your feet away in winter boots, making foot care the last thing on your mind – now is the perfect time to look after your feet.
The cold, and sometimes wet, weather can have a damaging effect on your feet and will stop you in your tracks while rushing around for your Christmas bargains.
Here are some top tips to keep you looking after your feet this winter:
Let us start with your shoes
Ideally you should purchase some good quality winter shoes. If you are going to be out and about then it would be a good idea to make sure your shoes are waterproof. When purchasing your winter shoes allow some extra room for thicker socks. To prevent slips and falls it is essential that the shoes have adequate grip.
Now to your socks
The best way to deal with cold feet is to prevent heat loss by keeping the feet warm and dry. Try and wear socks made from natural fibres such as wool or bamboo. If you suffer from sweaty feet then you could wear a thinner sock to absorb moisture and then a thicker outer sock to keep the cold out. If you are going to be outdoors, watching winter sport or walking the dog, keep feet warm on the coldest of days by wearing thermal socks.
Pretend you are in sandals
When we wear sandals we make an effort to make sure our feet are looking pretty. In the winter months we hide them away and pay little attention to them. Feet will dry out in the winter which can lead to cracks and peeling of the skin. Keep your feet moisturized especially around your heels. Make sure your nails are trimmed and are neat and tidy.
The cold weather can lead to slippery, and potentially dangerous, pavements and roads. Even with a good shoe with adequate grip it is advisable to walk carefully and not to make any sudden movements. Ankle sprains and ligament tears are common during winter months.
Beware of chilblains
Chilblains are small, itchy, painful lumps that develop on the skin. They develop as an abnormal response to cold. They usually go away over 7-14 days. If you are prone to developing chilblains then you should keep warm in cold weather and avoid excessive exposure to the elements.
Hot Tip – A wheat pack is the perfect way to soothe tired, aching or cold feet. They can also help to improve circulation and ease arthritic pain.
If you have any concerns about your feet or need help with trimming your nails or dealing with hard skin, make an appointment to see Moira at Courtyard Clinic for help and advice. 01453 548119, email@example.com