We are less motivated to look after our feet at this time of year because they are hidden away but in actual fact, we tend to have more problems with our feet than at any other time.
Issues we may find at winter include:
- Feet can get particularly dry and cracked in winter and indoor heating exacerbates the problem
- Poor fitting boots can make cracking worse, causes friction and can lead to corns and calluses, as well as providing an opening for infections to get in
- It is difficult to keep feet dry in winter, whether it is from sweating in heavy socks, to walking in rain or snow, creating a breeding ground for infections such as Athlete’s Foot and foot odour
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Foot Care Tips
- Keep a pumice stone or foot file in the shower and use it to remove dry, flaky skin. It also stimulates the feet and encourages good circulation
- Dry thoroughly between the toes to discourage fungal infections
- The soles of our feet do not contain oil glands to lubricate and soften, so use a foot cream to moisturise, ideally one which contains Imidazolidinyl Urea, a strong softening agent.
- If feet are particularly dry and cracked, wear socks in bed to retain moisture
- Leave polish off your toes for a month as toenails can yellow from constant use
- Keep your feet warm to encourage good circulation. The elderly, smokers and diabetics are particularly vulnerable to circulatory problems
- Inspect your feet regularly for signs of foot infections, calluses, corns, lesions, discoloured nails, etc. and treat them immediately
- Wear appropriate footwear for the weather conditions
- Good socks are just as important as good footwear, look for ones made from natural fibres
- Visit a foot health professional on a regular basis
And get those feet ready to emerge from their winter layers.