Winter Foot Health Tips
Each season brings its own set of challenges to the health of your feet. At Goldsmith Podiatry, we want our patients to take an active part in preventing podiatric conditions.
Below are some common winter foot problems and what to do about them.
Blisters and foot pain—during the holiday season and the busy start of the New Year, people tend to be on their feet for longer hours than at other times. It’s essential that you wear shoes that fit properly and are appropriate for the activity and weather. Keep some moleskin in your bag to apply to any sore spots that form on your feet before they become full-blown blisters.
Xerosis—this scary sounding word simply means very dry skin. Heat in the car, office, and home, combined with dry air results in skin that is flaky and itchy. It’s important to use a thicker, richer emollient lotion at this time of the year and apply more often. Skin that gets too dry can start to crack which can be very painful and also allows bacteria to enter your body and can cause an infection.
Ankle sprains—high-heeled boots and party shoes plus ice equals a recipe for disaster. A little bit of slippery precipitation can easily cause you to lose your footing and twist an ankle. Always wear sturdy boots with a good tread when walking outside in the winter. If you must wear higher heeled shoes, pack them and change when you get to where you are going to help avoid injuries.
Fungal infections—these are another common problem during the winter months. Fungi thrive in warm, moist conditions—like the insides of sweaty socks and closed shoes and boots. Change your socks whenever they feel damp and use a foot powder before putting on your socks in the morning if excessive perspiration is a problem.
You can reduce the severity of any foot condition by seeking treatment promptly for foot problems. If you experience any pain or discomfort, contact our New York City office on the upper west side by calling: 212- 877-1002. You can also schedule an appointment online. Our podiatrists, Dr. Howard Goldsmith and Dr. Rosanna Troia will examine your feet and provide prompt diagnosis and the right treatment for you.