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January 04, 2016
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Protect your feet during the winter

Each passing season brings its own set of challenges when it comes to our overall health, particularly our foot health. The winter months are the most challenging when it comes to taking care of our feet due to cold temperatures. Whether you’re enduring the winter weather in the Pacific Northwest or the brutal whipping winds in the Midwest proper foot care is critical, especially for those who have diabetes and circulation problems.

Here are a few tips that will help keep your feet healthy this winter.

  1. Keep your feet clean and dry.

Wearing socks and boots may keep your feet warm during the winter, but they can also cause them to sweat a lot. Cold and damp feet are prone to bacterial infections. Using foot powder in your socks, treating yourself to footbaths during the winter, and drying your feet thoroughly will help to keep your feet both clean and dry.

  1. Wear cotton and wool socks.

Wear socks made of natural fabrics instead of synthetic blends during the wintertime. Wool socks help keep moisture away from the skin and keep your feet dry. Wearing socks made of a synthetic blend may cause the opposite to happen, leading to sweaty, smelly feet.  Excessive moisture can also cause the skin to cool quickly and can potentially lead to frostbite.

  1. Wear comfortable footwear.

During the winter months if you choose to wear boots, be sure that they fit comfortably and that they don’t fit too tightly. Tight footwear can decrease blood flow,  increasing your risk of frostbite.

When selecting footwear, you should be able to wiggle your toes, but your instep, ball of your foot, and heel should be immobilized. You should select boots that have a solid base, supportive heal, and laces or straps to ensure that you remain stable on wet and slippery surfaces.

  1. Wash your feet daily.

Properly washing your feet every day with soap and water can prevent toenail fungus and other unpleasant foot problems.  Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly before putting socks and shoes on again. Change your socks every day as well. Also, soaking your feet in warm water with Epsom salt can help relieve discomfort and prevent infections.

Taking proper care of your feet throughout the year is important to your overall health.  If you or someone you know needs help with diabetic foot care, has foot pain, or requires the care of a foot specialist, contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for an appointment for treatment options and additional foot care tips. 

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