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Keep Your Cold Feet Warm This Winter With These 5 Tricks

Feet warming at a fireplaceJust because fall has ushered in the pretty leaves and cooler temperatures doesn’t mean you should suffer through the chillier months with cold feet.

Although your feet may feel snug, warm and comfortable in your winter shoes, closed-toe shoes can also lead to foot problems if certain parameters aren’t set when considering your foot care. The cooler and drier air, ice and snow during fall and winter months can wreak havoc on your feet if you don’t properly care for them.

Before your feet go into hibernation, here are some tips to warm up your cold feet.

  1. Buy Good Winter Shoes:  Have you ever tried squeezing two pairs of thick socks into your thin sneakers or boots? Chances are you have felt the pain of squeezed and restricted feet (and bunched up socks), which all occurs before the wet snow and ice has leaked into your non-waterproof footwear and left your toes cold and wet. Avoid all of this by simply investing in a good pair of winter shoes with insulation that prevents moisture and has gripping soles for walking on slippery surfaces.
  1. Invest In Good Socks: Avoid cotton socks as they absorb moisture and contain it around your feet. Light synthetic ‘wick’ socks are the best is keeping your feet dry. The wick socks will draw the moisture from your feet to the outer sock and eventually evaporate.
  1. Maintenance: Just because your toes aren’t kissing the summer sun anymore doesn’t mean they should be forgotten during the winter months. Daily application of moisturizer and regular toenail trimming is still recommended to keep from experiencing dry, cracked feet and ingrown toenails.
  1. Watch Where You’re Walking:  Sometimes ice is not easily seen, which often causes people to slip and fall. Tread lightly, watch where you are walking and don’t rush inside; It can keep you out of the emergency room with an injury.
  1. Keep Warm: Prolonged periods of time in the cold can result in numbness and pain in your lower extremities, which could be the first signs of frostbite.

For more information about foot care and health tips and tricks, as well as our team of highly-trained podiatrists, please visit www.triadfoot.com.

 

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