With the sudden drop in temperature you can tell it’s winter time in Melbourne and one of the first places you start to feel the cold is in your feet!
Already at the clinic, we’re starting to see a few more people coming to the clinic with winter related foot problems like chillblains, tinea pedis and superficial fungal toenail infections.
Winter can be a troublesome time of year for your foot health, so we’ve put together Our Winter Foot Health Tips to help you and your family prevent common winter foot problems.
Our Winter Foot Health Tips
1. Wear Appropriate Footwear
With the change in temperature you need to wear footwear that will keep your feet both warm and dry. When you’re going outside during the winter make sure you choose shoes with materials that can withstand getting wet such as Goretex or treated leather. This will help to keep your feet both dry and warm.
2. Wear Cotton and Wool Socks
Extra thick socks can help your feet stay warm on those cold winter days. When choosing a pair of socks to wear, stick with breathable socks made from cotton and wool. These will also help reduce excessive foot sweat which can raise the risk of infections.
3. Remove Nail Polish
With your toenails covered up most of the winter in shoes, this is a good opportunity to give the nail polish a rest. Continually using nail polish all year round can increase the risk of nail infections.
4. Fresh Air to Breath
Keeping your feet warm during the winter months usually means wearing shoes and socks all the time. Even though its cold, our feet still need some fresh air. Allow your feet to breath by taking your socks and shoes off each day. This will help reduce fungal infections and reduce foot sweating.
5. Wash Everyday
Hopefully you’re doing this all year around. By keeping your feet clean with a soap and water wash, you can help avoid toenail fungus and skin infections. When you wash your feet, ensure that your feet are dried properly, especially between your toes, before putting your shoes and socks back on.
It’s important to take care of your feet during winter. I hope these tips will help you prevent foot problems this winter. If you’re experiencing foot problems this winter and would like the assistance of a Podiatrist, feel free to call the clinic or make an appointment online.