In general, it is always important that one takes precautions to avoid foot and ankle injuries. However, this can be even more difficult during the cold winter months. During this season at Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we see the number of injuries to the lower extremities increase due to weather-related accidents. From poor circulation and frostbite to broken toes, the severity of damage can vary. However, by taking proper preventative measures, the chances of reducing weather-related injuries decreases. We want all our Middlesex County patients to have a healthy, comfortable, and safe winter. Below are five ways you can keep your feet happy while still enjoying all your favorite winter activities!
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Fashionable women’s winter boots can be trendy and stylish but are dangerous on snow- and ice-covered surfaces. Depending on how you lose your balance, falls from unsafe winter boots can lead to several injuries. Even if they are your favorite pair when your shoes are old and worn out, the layer of insulation between your feet and the elements is much less. It can cause your feet to become very cold and even wet. Replace worn-out and unstable shoes as soon as possible.
Use caution when traveling outdoors, and always keep an eye out for ice and snow patches while walking. Keep areas around doorways well-lit so that icy patches are visible. Always check for slippery spots before stepping out of the car or walking up and downstairs. Wear shoes with a thick high traction sole that can prevent slipping.
Wet and cold feet may not only be a terrible feeling but one of the worst things for overall foot health. It can also lead to fungal infections like athletes foot. Wearing moisture-wicking socks will help keep feet dry internally from sweat. Water-resistant boots will help keep feet dry externally from the outside elements. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in temperature and color.
Nothing is more important than having a regular checkup with a podiatrist. Every six months to one year is an ideal timeline for a checkup for people with well-managed foot issues. Listen to your feet, and don’t ignore pain. If you experience any persistent pain, don’t hesitate to call our Cromwell, Connecticut office at (860) 632-5499 to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas.