This time of year leaves fall, temperatures get cooler, and we all pick those sweaters and boots out from the back of the closet. Putting sandals away for the year means different things for feet, from having to wear socks again to different issues with your feet. Here are some tips and guidelines to help you with your feet.
1. Keep Your Feet Clean and Dry
Warm boots and woolly socks may keep your feet warm and toasty, but it may also cause them to sweat a lot. Damp feet get cold more easily and are prone to bacterial infections. Foot powder can help keep your feet clean and dry.
Treat yourself to footbaths throughout the cooler weather, and dry your feet thoroughly after each footbath, paying 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 in keeping heat in and moisture and bacteria away.
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.
You should be able to wiggle your toes, but your heel, instep, and the ball of your foot should be sturdy in your shoe. Boots should have a solid base, supportive heel, and laces or straps to ensure that you’re able to remain stable on wet and slippery surfaces. It is also important to inspect the tread on the boot. You want to make sure it has good traction and will hold well on snow and ice.
If you are purchasing winter gear for your children, such as winter boots, skates, or ski boots, avoid the temptation to buy a larger size to get two seasons of wear out of the shoes. It is crucial for footwear to fit correctly right away to prevent chafing, blisters, and foot injuries.
2. Dry Your Boots and Shoes Out
Before going back outside in your boots or shoes again, be sure to dry them out thoroughly. Having dry shoes will help prevent your feet from getting cold quickly as well as prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria.
3. Wash Your Feet Every Day
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. Take Care of Your Skin Every Day
Cold weather means less humid air, 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.