What Should You Know About Winter Foot Care?
Every season affects your foot health differently and can cause added strain depending on your daily activities. Walking or frequent standing in deep snow, below-zero temperatures, dampness and muddy conditions can take a toll on your feet and overall health. That’s why it is important to take the time now to help your feet make it through the constant abuse they experience on a daily basis.
Read on to learn some winter foot care tips that will keep your feet and overall health in top shape.
Winter Foot Care Tips from Your Foot Specialist in Toronto
- If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding during the winter, make sure you partake in the sport with boots that are specifically designed for that particular activity. Your boots should fit properly with enough wiggle room for your toes, while keeping your heel, instep, and ball of your foot comfortably in place. Orthotics from your foot care clinic in Toronto can help control the movement of your foot while you ski or snowboard.
- If you are a winter runner, opt for warm, light-weight, moisture-wicking running shoes to stay dry and comfortable in frigid temperatures. Our bodies are less flexible in cold weather, which is why it’s key to stretch and warm your muscles up before you run.
- Winter boots can offer optimal protection on those cold and wet winter days. They are made with waterproof material and proper insulation to prevent your feet from becoming damp and sweaty, which can lead to foot fungi and frostbite. You may also want to consider using foot powder inside your socks to help keep your feet clean and dry.
- Buy properly-fitted boots. The right footwear can help you avoid blisters, chafing, and ankle or foot injuries. Also, keep in mind that wearing properly-fitted socks can prevent your toes from bunching up and causing you painful blisters or corns.
- Give yourself a relaxing foot spa bath at home. Soak your feet in warm water for approximately 10 minutes to soften your skin. Removing rough skin on the bottom of your feet with a soft pumice stone is the first step to achieving good skin. Scrubbing your feet with a mixture of sugar and olive oil can also help with exfoliation. Once you have removed all of the dead skin, you will want to treat your feet with a nourishing mask consisting of an overripe banana and lemon juice. Then use kitchen foil paper to wrap your feet and let them rest for at least 10 minutes. Use lukewarm water to thoroughly rinse the mask off.
- Moisturize your feet before bed. Give your feet some extra TLC by slathering some olive oil or foot cream on them and then wearing a pair of old socks to bed. This will help lighten scars left by shoe bites and soften hard skin.
Call the Foot Care Clinic today at 416-638-FEET(3338) to learn more about winter foot care in Toronto. You can also contact us online with your questions and we will get back to you shortly.