Now that the busy holiday season has come to an end, it’s time to focus on yourself again! The holidays are an extremely busy time of the year and often we forget to take care of ourselves. Here are some things that you can do to maintain your foot health during these chilly winter months:
Wear appropriate footwear!
This means weather appropriate but also activity appropriate. Often times we think we are just quickly running out to the car and we are out of the wet and cold. What we don’t realize is that if our feet get wet and don’t have the space to dry thoroughly, we are more susceptible to soft corns between the toes which can be extremely painful. Also, we need to make sure we are in supportive shoes for even short bursts of activity, such as shoveling snow, since many times this overexertion can cause injury to unsupported tissues in the feet.
The frosty winter weather usually makes us want to cuddle up on the couch and not move very far. However, by staying active through these months we will maintain the strength and flexibility we developed in the spring and summer months. By doing this, the muscles and tendons won’t go into shock when you suddenly decide to use them again – like when you go on your trip down south or when the spring weather rolls finally around.
Keep those feet bundled up.
This is especially important for people who suffer from poor circulation or diabetic neuropathies (loss of feeling). Make sure to wear thick socks and warm winter boots to prevent any chances of hypothermia. Often if there is already a lack of sensation in the toes and feet this may be pushed off as a “normal” feeling, but it’s extremely important to monitor temperature in these situations.
As always please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment to see if custom orthotics may help you find comfort.
Laura Allen, C.Ped(C), B.A.Kin
Canadian Certified Pedorthist
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