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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. 

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!

  1. Stay Informed.

The more you know, the safer you are. Luckily, at Feet First Foot Care, we have all the helpful information you may be looking for. Underlying pain from conditions such as Peripheral Arterial Disease and varicose veins can feel worse when the temperatures are below freezing. For folks over the age of 50, stiffness and soreness in the legs can be directly linked to arthritis. If you’re interested in learning more, we highly recommend you check out our blog!

  1. Wear Protective Shoes.

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.

  1. Watch For Ice and Snow.

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.

  1. Keep Your Feet Dry.

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.

  1. Get The Right Help.

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

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists
January 25, 2021
Category: Foot Care

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know that many of our Middlesex County families love winter sports activities like sledding, ice skating, and snowboarding. Cold-weather fun outdoors is COVID safe and comfortable to have at a socially safe distance. To ensure that your family minimizes the risk of injury and winter weather-related injuries, follow the tips below:

  • Protect feet, hands, and the rest of the body from frostbite by layering. Start with a pair of socks made of a material that wicks moisture away from the skin, and then add woolen socks for extra warmth. Check skin frequently. If it appears white or your child complains of numbness, these could be the beginning signs of frostbite. Get them inside immediately to warm up.
  • Check that boots and skates fit. Properly fitting footwear helps avoid blistersankle sprains, and foot pain. If you or a family member skate frequently, be aware of Haglund’s deformity—an enlarged bony protrusion at the back of your heel that can be aggravated by the high-back of skates.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast. Temperatures can drop rapidly, and snowstorms can come up suddenly, impeding vision and increasing the risk of an injury.
  • Match the activity to current fitness levels. With the pandemic, many people have experienced a drop in their fitness level. If this is true in your family, be aware that muscle fatigue may occur more quickly than you’d expect. Being fatigued makes it more likely to sustain an injury. Call it quits if someone is getting tired.
  • Stay hydrated! Water breaks provide a rest opportunity as well.
  • Get injuries checked promptly. If any family member injures their ankle or feet or is experiencing pain after participating in a winter sport, don’t delay seeking treatment. Contact our Cromwell office promptly by calling 860-632-5499 to set up an appointment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, will do a complete examination and diagnose any podiatric problems so you and your family can get back to enjoying the best fun winter has to offer!


 








 

 

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