Keeping Your Feet Healthy This Winter
After a long warm summer, our sandals are back in the wardrobe and our winter shoes are back on. Just because our feet are hidden away, doesn’t give us an excuse to let them go. There are a number of things that you can do to keep your feet looking and feeling great this winter.
1. Keep your feet clean and dry
Keeping your feet clean and dry will reduce bacteria build up, as well as helping keep your feet warm. Damp feet can get cold very quickly and can cause your feet to become sore and chapped as well as increasing the risk of Athletes’s Foot.
2. Keep your feet well moisturised
Not only does make your feet feel nicer it also prevents dry cracked heels. Dry feet and skin is less of an issue when we are younger but as we age our skin gets drier and our ability to fight infection reduces, with a little TLC this can be prevented. Creams with ‘Urea’ in are beneficial due to their high moisturising content. I like the Gehwol and CCS range.
3. Correct footwear
Poor fitting footwear doesn't only cause discomfort it can lead to corns and callus as well as blisters. It’s equally as important to make sure your hosiery isn’t to tight as this also leads to problems such as corns and blisters.
4. Wear warm socks
Vascular diseases such as Raynaud's Phenomenon can be exasperated during the cooler months. Wearing warm socks (and gloves for your hands) can help reduce pain in your fingers and toes associated with Raynaud's.
5. See your Podiatrist
Seeing a Podiatrist regularly is important for your foot health especially if you have diabetes. We are trained healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat abnormal conditions of the feet and lower limbs.