It’s so easy to forget about your foot and ankle health when they’re bundled up in socks and boots over the winter. However, foot and ankle injuries are prevalent issues during the colder months. The podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York provide various foot and ankle care services to help you achieve optimal health year-round. Continue reading to discover our favorite winter weather tips to protect your feet and ankles.
Winter Weather Tips
Moisturize Your Skin
Indoor heating and dry winter air are catalysts for dry, cracked skin on your feet and heels. Cracks in your skin can cause pain and allow easy access for infections to enter your foot. You can protect your feet and treat dry skin by applying moisturizer to your feet after bathe. Avoid putting too much moisturizer between the toes, as the moisture can get trapped and lead to infection.
Wear Proper Footwear
Wintertime slips and falls often result in an ankle sprain or broken bone. Your winter footwear should keep your feet warm and protect your ankles. Boots with rubber soles and deep grooves are best for walking in slick conditions. Water-resistant and insulated footwear can serve as a barrier between your feet and the elements and protect you in frigid temperatures.
Keep Your Feet Dry
Trekking through snow and sleet can cause your feet to become damp. Wearing moisture-wicking socks will keep your feet dry from internal wetness, and water-resistant shoes can protect external weather that can cause dampness. Remove your wet socks and shoes quickly, and let your boots dry out before reusing them.
It’s essential to keep your feet healthy and happy during the winter season. Be sure to contact Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York today to discover more winter foot care tips or request an appointment!