Winter is here and nobody likes to have frost bitten feet. You are probably already cozying up in your wool socks and boots to keep your feet warm and dry in the rain and snow. Just because your feet can’t be seen, doesn’t mean that you should forget about them in the winter months. Winter weather can cause some issues for your feet that are easy to maintain if paid attention to.
The New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare recommend the following for your feet in the winter:
- Make sure you are wearing properly fitting shoes to avoid constant foot pain and problems such as bunions or hammertoes
- Air out your shoes at night since your feet are cooped up inside of them during the day, sweating and creating the perfect moist environment for toenail fungus to thrive
- Keep your toenails trimmed to avoid pesty and sometimes painful ingrown toenails
You want your feet to be ready to show off when the warm, sunny weather arrives. To learn more about how you can take care of your feet in the winter, as well as your hands and lips, read the article below.
Posted on The OZ Blog by Elizabeth Tanzi, MD:
November 22, 2013 – Itchy Winter Skin and the Trouble Zones: Hands, Lips and Feet
As the cold weather approaches, now is the time to think about “winterizing” your skin. Skin often gets dry and itchy in the winter due to a number of factors such as cold winds and lack of moisture in the air. In fact, indoor forced air heat can have the humidity levels of the Sahara desert. No wonder the skin gets so parched! To reduce the risk of skin dryness and irritation, a humidifier in the bedroom to add moisture to the air is very helpful. Also, be sure to use a thick moisturizer on the skin, head to toe, within 3 to 5 minutes of getting out of the bath or shower to “lock” the hydration into the skin. Although these steps will go a long way to help reduce the overall dryness of skin, there are a few areas on the body that deserve extra attention in the winter, particularly hands, lips and feet.