Keep Your Feet Safe and Healthy this Winter
When it comes to foot health, every season poses its own unique challenges. Winter’s cold is particularly difficult and dangerous for many patients, but you can take steps to minimize your risk. Here are some recommendations from Dr. Boris Abramov and Dr. Tatyana Abramova to help:
Keep your feet warm. This is critical to prevent issues including chilblains and frostbite, especially for people with diabetes or other illnesses that affect circulation. Wear insulated, waterproof boots and warm woolen socks when you go outside. Wear slippers inside.
Are your snow shoes in good condition? Be sure that they are warm and waterproof with thick, non-skid soles to prevent falls that could result in foot or ankle injury. Make sure that they are the right size. It’s tempting to buy boots big enough to accommodate an extra pair of socks, but that looseness will not provide adequate ankle support and can cause blisters.
If your feet get sweaty in your boots, be sure to wash and dry them well when you get home. This will reduce the likelihood of toenail fungus or other infection setting in.
Keep feet well-moisturized. The low levels of humidity in the winter can lead to extremely dry skin and painful heel cracks. Be sure to apply moisturizer after every shower or bath.
Headed to the mountain for skiing or snowboarding? Be sure to wear the right footwear for your sport and ensure that everything is in good condition before your first run.
No matter the time of year, the best thing you can do for your feet is to see your foot doctor regularly. With years of training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM is a specialist and is the best-qualified medical professional to care for your feet, ankles, and lower legs.