Whether you enjoy traversing the winter landscapes or you stay cozied up inside under the blankets, proper foot care during winter is critical for your health. If your feet aren’t dressed properly when you step outside, you are putting yourself at risk for a variety of cold injuries. Inside your home, feet still play a large part in body temperature regulation and comfort. Consider these handy tips to keep your feet healthy this winter.
When You’re Inside:
- At a minimum, wear socks indoors to keep your feet toasty warm. This helps your body retain heat, so you can lower the thermostat and your utility bill.
- Wearing shoes inside is better than a pair of socks. Designate a pair of shoes or slippers for indoor use only and put them on as soon as you get home.
- Use rugs and runners on cold floors to help protect feet if you insist on going barefoot. This can also help prevent slips and falls from snow tracked inside.
- Don’t put your feet next to a direct heat source to warm them. If your feet are cold, you may not feel the true heat of the fireplace or radiator.
When You’re Outside:
- Wear thick, sweat-wicking socks such as wool. Don’t be fooled into thinking ski socks are warmer. They simply have extra cushioning where the ski boot hits the foot and shin.
- Change your socks and shoes immediately if your feet get wet. Wet feet are subject to frostbite and other cold injuries.
- Winter shoes and boots need to have a good tread for walking on snow and ice. Avoid wearing high heels or flip-flops that expose feet to the cold.
If you want to avoid cold injuries and stay healthy this winter, then you need to pay attention to your feet. Proper foot care in winter can help promote overall well-being and health. If you are experiencing pain or symptoms of a cold injury, call the FAAWC today to schedule your appointment.