“Taking some extra precautions during the winter months is particularly important for people in higher risk groups, such as diabetics, those with poor circulation, or those who may be more susceptible to injuries from falls,” says Neighborhood Health Center Podiatrist and Chief Medical Administrator James Burruano, DPM, ACFAS, CMA.
Following these tips can help you avoid winter-related foot problems:
Boots are important footwear this time of year to help protect you out in icy and snowing conditions. With the waterproof material of the boots themselves and the warm socks you wear, you may find your feet sweat a lot. Damp feet can chill more easily and are more prone to bacterial infections. To keep your feet clean and dry, consider using foot powder inside your socks and giving yourself extra foot baths.
Let them Dry
Take care of your boots so they can take care of you. Let them dry thoroughly before wearing them again and that will help keep your feet from getting cold quickly, and helps discourage the growth of fungi and bacteria. If you have two pairs of boots – even better. You can switch between the two pairs to allow for more drying time.
Just for Kids
When buying boots for kids, it may be tempting to buy in a slightly larger size with the hope of getting more years of wear out of them. But, unlike coats, footwear needs to fit properly right away to help prevent blisters, chafing, and ankle or foot injuries. Also, don’t squeeze your child’s feet into socks that are too small. Doing so can force toes to bunch together, and that friction can cause painful blisters or corns.
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