It’s very important that you take care of your Feet during the Wintertime.
As the season changes and the temperature is getting colder, it’s important to take care of your feet. During the summer, we don’t usually notice our feet as much, as we’re always wearing sandals and flip-flops, and the weather is warmer, so we don’t see as much peeling or cracking on the feet. However, when it’s colder, and we’re wearing boots and socks all the time, it becomes very important to take care of your feet.
Whether you’re slogging through deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the north, or contending with dampness, chill, and muddy conditions in the south it’s important to take care of your feet all winter long. You want your feet to stay warm and cozy all through the winter.
Here are a few tips on how to make sure your feet are healthy and beautiful during the colder seasons.
1) Keep your feet dry: The right boots will hopefully do the trick, but if you do find yourself with wet, cold feet, dry them out as quickly as possible. Bacteria like to hang out where it’s moist, and where there are bacteria, there’s an infection.
2) Beware of heat: Don’t be tempted to dry those wet feet using a space heater or other source of direct heat. The diabetic foot is often terrible at sensing changes in temperature and you can burn your feet very easily. The same goes for trying to warm cold feet in hot water – don’t do it.
3) Protect your skin from Winter air: Winter air is often crisp and dry – and indoor heating exacerbates the dryness. Chapped, cracked skin opens the door to infections, so prevent it by moisturizing your feet daily to help keep skin smooth and intact.
4) Act quickly if something is awry: Make a habit of inspecting your feet every day. If you notice a sore that’s not healing or any signs of infection such as red, hot skin or fungal problems. Especially if you are a diabetic.
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