Four Foot Care Tips to Stay Warm this Winter

Four Foot Care Tips to Stay Warm this Winter

1. Keep Your Feet Clean and Dry

Winter boots and wool socks will keep your feet warm and toasty. However, make sure your feet are dry, as damp feet get cold more easily, and are prone to bacterial and viral infections. Drying your feet thoroughly and using foot powder can help keep your feet clean and dry.

Treat yourself to an Epsom salt foot bath in the cooler weather, and remember to dry your feet thoroughly after each footbath. Pay special attention to areas between the toes.

It is also wise to wear socks made of moisture-wicking material, where moisture is taken away from the skin. Extra moisture can also cause the skin to cool down more quickly and potentially lead to frostbite. Many companies even make socks with infused silver or copper, which are quite helpful when keeping heat in and moisture and bacteria away. Materials such as merino wool are great for keeping warm and wicking moisture at the same time.

2. Wear Comfortable Boots

Wear boots that fit comfortably and that aren’t too tight. Tight footwear can decrease blood flow, making it harder to keep your feet warm, increasing the risk of frostbite, or flaring up conditions such as Chilblains and Raynaud’s. See our post about Chilblains here.

If you are purchasing winter and snow gear for the kids, such as winter boots, skates, or ski boots, avoid the temptation to buy a larger size in order to get two seasons of wear out of the shoes. It is crucial for footwear to fit properly right away in order to prevent chafing, blisters, and foot injuries.

3. Wash Your Feet Daily

Wash your feet daily. Keeping feet clean can prevent toenail fungus and other unpleasant problems.

Make sure that your feet are completely dry before you put socks and shoes on again. Change socks daily.

It is also a good idea to soak your feet in Epsom salt and warm water periodically to relieve discomfort and prevent infections. Be sure to remember to keep it to 10 minutes maximum per session.

4. Moisturise Your Skin

Cold weather means the air is less humid, which means less moisture for your skin and nails. When your skin dries out, it splits and can lead to painful fissures, increased pain and chances of infection. Skin problems can be particularly troublesome for people with diabetes or those with impaired circulation.

Remember to use a good moisturizer daily, not just when your skin looks like you need it. As a result, your skin will be supple and smooth. If possible, apply moisturizer shortly after a bath or shower, it will soak in better and have a more significant overall effect.

Remember, it is a lot easier to maintain good skin than it is to fix a problem.