Tortured by new shoes, squashed in boots or neglected soles – your feet need your attention! Cold weather can take its toll on your feet, so ensure they are the center of your attention this fall and winter season. When you think about how much time we spend on our feet, it is hardly surprising that winter and a night out can leave them feeling tired, bruised and battered. In cold climactic conditions, the body moves the blood away from the feet and toes, which can cause numbness.
Most of us are guilty of neglecting our feet and often gaze in dismay when we take off our socks. With a little extra care, your feet can look and feel fabulous from now until spring.
Winter Foot Care for Diabetics
For a diabetic, the winter months are a time when more attention than usual should be given to the feet. Diabetics are at risk for having reduced blood flow to the lower extremities. An otherwise minor injury, such as a blister, can escalate into a serious wound. Winter time can be extremely hazardous to diabetic feet. During winter months, the feet are covered up for longer periods of time and are not being checked as often as they should.
Poor circulation can also lead to increased swelling and dryness of the feet. Cold weather exacerbates the problem by further reducing blood flow and by indirectly reducing exercise. A lot of people in the winter have a tendency to be a little bit more sedentary – they don’t walk around as much. When sitting around your home, it will make your feet and ankles swell a bit more.
Additionally, the dryness of winter weather prompts many people to use a moisturizer. When feet are covered by socks for long periods of time, athlete’s foot becomes a potential problem, making antifungal crème more appropriate, on the advice of your podiatrist. And remember, if a sore on your foot does not begin to heal after a day or more, be sure to tell us.