In Northeast Ohio, we can experience some intense winter weather. Within the past few weeks, it has become increasingly cold and it will only get colder during these next few months. Although we do not experience the worst winters in America, it is still winter and this can have a huge impact on the overall health of our skin and nails. With this being said, it is important to take care of your feet during these cold and frigid months.
This weather can do a significant amount of damage to our skin, but especially our feet. During the winter months your feet are constantly exposed to cold temperatures, dry environments and even the potential of wet, swampy foot wear if you are spending time outdoors. All of these factors can contribute to issues with the skin and nails on your feet.
Cold winter temperatures are an obvious risk factor. So, it is important to protect your feet from these low temperatures. This can be done by wearing warm and appropriate footwear, such as thick socks and boots. This can be especially dangerous if you suffer from diabetic foot disease. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons states that having diabetes increases the risk of developing a wide range of foot problems.It is also important to make sure that you change your footwear when it becomes wet or damp, this goes for socks and shoes. Keeping your feet in wet or damp footwear can lead to athlete’s foot, fungal toenails and strong odors.
When taking care of your feet, you should keep in mind basic hygiene practices. Here are some tips on how you can take care of your feet in these cold months. Be sure to clean your feet daily and wear clean and dry socks and footwear. Moisturize your feet at night after a shower, this keeps them from being too dry and cracking. Cut your nails regularly and be careful when doing it. Try to cut them evenly and not too short either. Always wear well- fitted shoes to avoid blisters that could lead to infection
Taking care of your feet is important all year round, but especially in the winter. Inspect your feet regularly, if something looks off, schedule an appointment with a Podiatrist today.