Put your best foot forward! According to predictions, six more weeks of winter weather may be coming to a neighborhood near you. With that in mind, don’t neglect your feet simply because they’re hidden in your boots. Here are winter foot care tips to keep feet healthy and happy this season:
Keep them clean. Wash feet regularly with soap and water and dry thoroughly. To avoid excess moisture, add a small amount of foot powder to socks. Ladies, give the toenails a break and remove old nail polish to allow nails to rejuvenate under layers of footwear. Tip: Avoid perfumed soaps when washing feet, it make cause additional irritation.
Wear wool-blend socks. It’s important to keep feet dry and warm during winter because excess moisture around feet can lower the body temperature and lead to other health risks, including frostbite. In this case, wool-blend socks wick away moisture from your feet, keeping them warm and dry. Tip: Buy wool socks in various thicknesses for year-round comfort.
Evaluate boots and winter footwear. Don’t be tempted to go up a size larger, it may lead to blisters and discomfort. Make sure your toes have wiggle room in the front while the heel, instep, and ball of the foot are firmly in place. Proper fitting boots will prevent foot injuries too. Tip: In icy weather, add on extra traction to your shoes or boots with ice grippers.
Prepare for weather! When enjoying the outdoor sports like skiing, snowboarding, or ice skating, choose footwear fitted specifically for height, weight, and experience to help reduce injuries. Tip: Most ski areas offer tune-ups on equipment, including boots.
Get dry fast. Remove wet socks and boots as soon as possible! Wipe off any moisture from feet and put on warm dry socks. Before heading back outside, confirm the inside of boot is dry before stepping in to avoid repeating the previous steps. Tip: Take a pair of wool socks along when you try-on new winter footwear for the best fit.
The feet are the foundation and support of the body. A balance occurs when feet are clean and comfortable. Happy feet provide a positive energy for the whole body. Do you have questions about winter foot care? Check out Vivia Center’s services to make you beautiful, any time of the year.