In these harsh weather conditions, we often have lots of things on our minds at once: how cold is it? how wet is it? remember your hat, scarf and gloves! With so much going on in our heads it is easy to overlook your feet! Don't worry though, in the next few pages you are about to discover the coolest foot care tips for the winter season. Just because your tootsies are in hiding doesn’t mean they should be ignored. In fact, it’s more important than ever to take care of your feet and toes during the winter season, when things like cold weather, damp socks and heated air can lead to cracked skin, fungal infections, chilblains and maybe even frostbite. So read on for the best foot care tips that will keep your feet happy throughout the winter season so they’re ready to shine come spring time! Choose Appropriate Winter Footwear Whether you’re walking to work on snow-covered sidewalks, playing with your children on a sledge or swooshing down the ski slopes, it’s important to choose proper winter footwear that keeps your feet warm, dry and protected. Wintertime shoes should have ample padding but be roomy enough so as not to cut o circulation in the feet and toes. Avoiding man-made materials and other non-breathable fabrics can help control foot sweat, which could create an extra chill that can lead to chilblains on super cold winter days. Cover Your Feet With Proper Socks During the cold months, it’s best to choose breathable socks that will keep your feet both warm and dry. Wool or other moisture-wicking socks can help control foot sweat that can make your feet feel colder. A double layer of socks (thin socks on the inside) is also recommended as air trapped between the two sock layers can actually provide insulation. If the soles of your feet or areas in between your toes become extremely pale or look wrinkly as if you've spent too long in the bath then this may be a sign of over-saturation of sweat.
Take Off Wet Shoes and Socks Right Away It's pretty tough to avoid shoe and sock dampness during the winter especially if you're wearing some running shoes, so it’s important to remove wet shoes and socks as soon as possible. Keeping them on leaves your feet susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections. You should also make sure that shoes are thoroughly dry before wearing them again. If they're not fully dry, choose a new pair to help keep your feet fresh and dry. Doctor B's Tip: Always carry an extra pair of socks for emergency situations, such as when you just can’t say no to jumping into a giant puddle or snow mountain! Use Hydrating Foot Cream Skin tends to dry out during the cold months when dry air and especially electric heaters zap moisture from the body. Avoid corns, calluses and cracked heels by keeping your feet properly moisturised with good quality foot creams. A foot cream containing 10% urea can provide especially long lasting moisturisation. Applying coconut oil is also a great treat for the skin on your feet. Don’t Slack On Exercise During Winter Months It’s pretty easy to blow o exercise when it’s cold outside; it’s much cozier to stay inside where it’s warm rather than go for an icy-cold walk or jog. But sitting around all day can lead to foot and ankle swelling. If you must stay inside, then be sure to do a few basic leg exercises to keep your blood owing. If you brave the cold, be sure to allow time for extra stretching, as winter weather can make you less exible and therefore prone to more injuries to your feet and the rest of your body.