Now that the weather is getting colder and each morning generally brings some frost on the ground, it is vitally important that you take good care of your feet.
This time of year brings with it numerous challenges (dark nights, cold weather, slippery ground, christmas shopping, etc) so looking after your feet during these cold months is vitally important. The tips below will help you to avoid problems.
1. Make sure that your shoes are appropriate for the activity - cold weather means that protecting them from the elements is important. Also having a good quality grippy sole for those days when there is ice and snow on the ground will stop you slipping over and causing other injuries. Even if you don't fall, you may tear or damage yourself leading to a long period of recovery. If your job involves wearing shoes which don't fit the above criteria, consider changing your shoes when you get to work.
2. Don't get cold feet - exposure to the cold weather can cause a variety of symptoms, such as tenderness, pain and even breaks in the skin. Chilblains, an inflammatory skin condition related to an abnormal response to the cold, can be problematic and lead to further issues. They are more common in females, but can affect anyone, especially those with poor circulation such as the elderly where they can become broken and potentially infected. Ensure that your feet are warm and covered before going outside and when coming inside again, don't remove shoes too quickly.
3. Buy some good quality socks - while it doesn't sound nice, in winter shoes your feet will be more enclosed leading to an increase in sweating. Socks made from natural fibres, such as cotton, allow your feet to breathe and can wick moisture from the skin. Also make sure that you wash your socks at high temperature to reduce the chance of athlete's foot.
4. Pamper yourself! - make sure you maintain your daily routine of washing with a moisturising soap, drying well and applying a good quality emollient to keep the skin healthy. Keep an eye on your nails; pressure from footwear may lead to an ingrowing nail.
5. Visit a podiatrist for a foot MOT! Podiatrists can help maintain the health of your feet and treat any problems you may have. If you are concerned about the health of your feet or just want a foot check to make sure you are ready for the winter period, then please get in touch.
If you have any problems with your feet and legs, or questions and queries regarding your foot health then please contact us on 077 666 888 29 or 01562 51 56 61. You can also contact us via email - firstname.lastname@example.org.