It’s important to keep your feet healthy all year long. During the fall and winter months, whether you’re trudging through snow every day or taking advantage of stomping in rain puddles when the opportunity presents itself, there are some general foot care tips recommended by the American Podiatric Medical Association to keep in mind. Foot health contributes to your overall health and it’s never too late to start positive habits.
Posted by: American Podiatric Medical Association
Tips to Keep Feet Warm and Cozy All Winter Long
APMA offers some advice for keeping feet healthy in common winter scenarios:
- Winter is skiing and snowboarding season, activities enjoyed by nearly 10 million Americans, according to the National Ski Areas Association. Never ski or snowboard in footwear other than ski boots specifically designed for that purpose. Make sure your boots fit properly; you should be able to wiggle your toes, but the boots should immobilize the heel, instep, and ball of your foot. You can use orthotics (support devices that go inside shoes) to help control the foot's movement inside ski boots or ice skates.
- Committed runners don't need to let the cold stop them. A variety of warm, light-weight, moisture-wicking active wear available at most running or sporting goods stores helps ensure runners stay warm and dry in bitter temperatures. However, some runners may compensate for icy conditions by altering how their foot strikes the ground. Instead of changing your footstrike pattern, shorten your stride to help maintain stability. And remember, it's more important than ever to stretch before you begin your run. Cold weather can make you less flexible in winter than you are in summer, so it's important to warm muscles up before running.
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In addition to the cold-weather foot care tips above, it’s important to continue making general foot care part of your daily routine. Pay attention to the shoes you’re wearing and how your feel feet during the day.
If at any point in time you start to experience chronic foot pain, it’s important to schedule an appointment with a qualified podiatrist to assess any foot problems you have. The longer you leave them untreated, the worse they will get.
If you’re visiting or living in the New York area, consider contacting a podiatrist in NYC at Adler Footcare, where you’ll experience convenience, kindness, and the best possible care for your foot problems. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.