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Wintertime can be quite harsh on our feet. Our feet go from warm, centrally heated houses to arctic conditions outside. Temperature changes take their toll on the skin, making the skin dry and prone to cracking open. Dry and cracked skin are the two conditions most people experience on their feet when it starts to get colder. Paying close attention to the skin on our feet and actively preventing major skin concerns is the most effective way to care for our feet during the cold-weather months. 

The most common skin concerns for winter are:

  • Dry and cracked skin. This may even worsen as you grow older because your natural oil production decreases and your skin becomes thinner, making you more prone to dryness when the temperatures drop.
  • Fissures is the medical term for the result of severely dry skin. Common symptoms of fissures include feet getting thicker and becoming callused before they bleed and crack, which could lead to infection.
  • Increased pressure. You may experience this while walking in shoes, but it can also cause cracks on the bottoms of your feet. Cracks will typically appear on your heels, where winter boots and shoes rub.
  • Fungal infections. Skin flare-ups affiliated with Raynaud's syndrome may be more common during the winter months which decreases blood flow and can cause fingers and toes to change color. Painful inflammation called chilblains, causes itching, red patches, swelling, and blisters, are other concerns to pay close attention to during the cold-weather months.

Prevention Is the Best Treatment

  • Practice Good Hygiene. Wash your feet thoroughly when you bathe or shower, dry them well, and always put on fresh socks. These precautions can help you prevent toenail fungus, ingrown toenails, and athlete’s foot. Bonus: Bring an extra pair of warm, dry socks with you wherever you go. Just in case!
  • Moisturize. Indoor heating and dry winter air can contribute to dry, cracked skin on your feet and heels. Use a quality moisturizing cream and take a few extra minutes to thoroughly rub the lotion on your feet.
  • Support. Wear the right kind of winter socks to insulate and protect your feet. Also, wear shoes and boots that are roomy and don’t constrict your feet or cut off circulation. For further tips on finding the right winter boots for you, check out our blog!
  • Safety. Fractures go up in winter months, as do falls and ankle dislocations or broken toes. Avoid foot fractures by wearing boots or waterproof shoes with a low heel and a traction sole if there’s a possibility of walking on a slippery surface. Always wear appropriately designed and fitted footwear for sports activities like skiing, snowboarding, or ice skating.
  • Listen To Your Feet. Worried about the health of your feet this winter? Call (860)-632-5499 to schedule an appointment at our Cromwell, Connecticut office with our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas, or visit our website for more information. 
By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
January 22, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: skin conditions   fissures  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we want our Middlesex County patients to know that while good podiatric care is more than skin deep, the care of the skin on your feet is an important part of keeping your feet healthy and fully functioning. Skin conditions can be a sign of an underlying foot problem. Left untreated, they can also lead to infections and other issues.

Here are some tips for taking care of the skin on your feet

  • Wash Daily—this may seem basic, but a host of fungal and bacterial conditions can be prevented by simply washing your feet with soap and water every day.
  • Moisturize—skin that’s dry and flaky can become itchy and irritated. Very dry skin can start to crack, resulting in fissures in your heel and open sores that can potentially allow bacteria to come in and an infection to develop. Nighttime is the best time to apply a thick, rich lotion or cream. Slip on a pair of soft socks to help the moisturizer fully absorb into your skin.
  • Keep Feet Dry—fungal infections love damp, dark places, like the insides of sweaty socks. If your feet tend to perspire excessively, use a foot powder each day and keep extra socks handy so you can change when you notice they feel damp. Don’t rush drying your feet after bathing. Pay particular attention to the skin between your toes as that is the most common starting point for athlete’s foot.
  • Don’t Share—many infections are spread by direct contact. You can greatly reduce your risk of fungal infections by not wearing someone else’s shoes or socks and not using nail clippers, emery boards or towels used by another person on his or her feet.
  • Monitor Chronic Problems—deformities such as claw toes and bunions can create irritation to the skin due to the ongoing pressure of shoes on the deformity. This in turn leads to blisters, corns and calluses.

It’s essential that our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas monitor and treat podiatric conditions that can lead to skin problems. If you suffer from a chronic foot problem, schedule regular checkups at our Cromwell office by calling: (860) 632-5499.



 








 

 

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