Taking care of your feet all year round is important; in the summer it’s important to protect your feet from sunburn and wearing supportive sandals. In the winter there are some things to remember to keep your feet healthy amid the cold weather elements.
Moisturize: That cold winter air can take a toll on our skin. Use moisturizing cream (we like Amlactin) morning and night, and put socks on immediately after applying to lock in moisture. This will help to prevent cracking heels and itchy skin.
Let Your Feet Breath: Winter weather means shoes, boots and more boots. This isn’t a bad thing, but you want to make sure you give your feet a chance to breathe and air out. Bacteria love moist dark places like your shoes and since your feet contain over 200 sweat glands it’s the perfect place for an infection to start. When you get home from work take your shoes and socks off. Also, choose breathable socks that wick away moisture.
Wear Weather Appropriate Shoes: If you are going to be outside for an extended period of time this winter and you live in a place where the temperature drops below freezing make sure to invest in a good pair of warm boots. Frostbite is real, and doesn’t just happen to people hiking Mt. Everest. If you aren’t careful, and aren’t wearing warm enough shoes, your feet could be at risk for frostbite. Also, wear shoes that have good traction. Heels and ice don’t mix, and even with good traction shoes you need to be careful as you walk on the ice.
If you have any questions about foot care and what is best for your feet this winter, make sure to come see Dr. Evan Merrill at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC. We are here to help you with all your foot care needs. You can make an appointment by calling 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.