Common foot infections, such as athlete’s foot and nail fungus are often associated with sweaty summer weather. However, with the extreme New England winter we are seeing this year, cold-weather foot care is also extremely important. Bundled up feet in thick socks and boots can create a moisture-rich environment attractive to fungus, while the lower winter humidity can dry out your feet, leaving them cracked and vulnerable to infections. How do you balance it all? The foot doctors at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC are here to help.
Follow these tips to keep your feet happy and healthy during harsh winter weather:
- Get the right footgear to protect them from the elements - Thick winter socks are a must-have during the cold months. Winter socks made from wool or acrylic can help wick away moisture, while cotton absorbs and retains wetness. Well-fitting snowshoes or boots are also a necessity. Tight shoes will cause more sweating, while loose shoes can make an icy walk even more treacherous. Have a professional at a shoe store help you find the perfect snow footgear for you.
- Don’t go out barefoot - Even if you’re just running out to check the mail or take the dog to do his business, protective footwear is necessary. Putting a bare foot down on ice or snow for an extended amount of time can put you at risk for frostbite.
- Prevent dryness to stave off infection - The lower humidity during winter coupled with all the hot baths you’re likely dipping your feet into can leave you with dry, cracked feet - a perfect invitation for infection. Moisturize your feet with lotion that contains glycerin and allantoin. Glycerin keeps moisture in and allantoin allows more moisture to penetrate the rough barriers in your feet. Proper foot moisturizers can be found in the health section of most stores.
- Stay safe during winter sports - If you participate in winter sports, ensure you have the right gear to prevent injuries to your feet or ankles. Ski boots and ice skates should fit well and be in good condition. Stretch your ankles before beginning any sport and allow time for a cool down period afterwards.
If you are suffering from any foot complications due to winter weather, our podiatry team at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC is here to help target and treat the issue. Please contact us online for more information or to schedule an appointment at our Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Kensington, or Newington, Connecticut locations.