Sometimes in Florida it is tough to tell when winter has arrived, as the sun is normally still shining. Just last week, one of my patients told me there was frost on the ground when he work up in the morning. With cold weather here, I feel it is a good time to give some helpful winter foot care tips.
- As the drier, colder air moves in, make sue you are adjusting your daily routine to accommodate for it. Dry and cracking skin can be a source of infection and pain over the winter months. Apply moisturizing cream to your feet daily. If soaks are going to be used, make sure that you are limiting time to 15 minutes or less, and apply moisturizer directly afterward. When applying moisturizer, make sure it is not getting between your toes.
- When buying winter boots, it is best to go at the end of the day, as your feet have a tendency to swell throughout the day. You should be able to wiggle your toes, but the heel and ball of the foot should remain stable when walking.
- Do not neglect your feet in the shower. A lot of people never actually wash their feet when bathing. Make it a point to add this to your routine. Use a gentle soap daily and dry between toes after bathing.
- In Florida, the most common shoe gear is sandls. As you start wearing your closed-toe shoes, make sure they are wide enough and with a high toe box to limit friction to boney prominences.
These winter foot care tips should allow you to enjoy your activities all year long.