Dr. Michelle Castiello
December 18, 2018
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If you take care of your feet, they will take you wherever you want to go.
It’s easy enough to be aware of foot care during the summer. Your feet are harder to forget when you (and everyone else) see them a lot more frequently. But, it is just as important to care for your feet when the weather is cold and dry. Here are some suggestions.
Keep your feet clean and dry
Wearing boots and thick socks may keep your feet warm in the winter, but it can also cause them to sweat a lot. Damp feet are more prone to bacterial infections.
Skin becomes dry in the winter due to the lack of humidity and indoor heat. It's important to apply moisturizing creams to the feet. Remember to avoid placing cream between the toes. Moisturizing your feet right after the shower can help seal in the healthy moisture that your feet need during dry winter weather. And remember, the best moisturizing comes from within. So don’t forget to stay hydrated.
Wear the right shoes
Wear boots that fit comfortably and that aren't too tight. Tight footwear can decrease blood flow, making it harder to keep your feet warm. You should be able to wiggle your toes, but your heel, instep, and the ball of your foot should be immobilized. It is crucial for footwear to fit properly in order to prevent chafing, blisters and foot injuries.
Wash your feet every day
Wash your feet thoroughly every day with soap and water. Keeping your feet clean can prevent toenail fungus, skin infections, and other unpleasant problems. Make sure that your feet are completely dry before you put socks and shoes on. Change your socks daily.
Take care of your feet and they will take you wherever you want to go this winter.
Dr. Michelle Castiello is a podiatrist with the Scarsdale Medical Group.
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