Winter Foot Care and Maintenance

Winter is very hard time to bear. Skin becomes dry, and if appropriate care is not taken, it may result in itching that slowly develops into infections and an overall inconvenience. To overcome this, many people use moisturizing lotions to protect their skin from the dry weather that prevails in winter months. But, they forget to take appropriate care of their feet.

To withstand that cold breeze, we use our shoes. This is the major culprit for many foot infections seen during the winter months. To avoid these infections, it is essential to maintain perfect hygiene such as changing your socks every day. If you sweat a lot, spray some powder to prevent wet feet. The moistness of the feet due to sweating and the warmth inside the shoes is a perfect breeding ground for fungus that generally invades small gaps in the nails. Hence, it is not recommended to use shoes that are tight. At the same time, do not use shoes that are very loose. Wearing loose shoes may cause you to slip on the slippery ice surfaces that may result ankle breakage or other serious injuries. It is also essential to cut the nails short, as accumulation of dust underneath the nails increases the risk of having fungal infections. In addition to selecting perfect shoes, it is essential to use socks that allow your legs to breathe like the use of cottons socks that allow sufficient air circulation.

Having dry feet may result in cracks that are very painful. Enough care has to be taken to heal the cracks. The crack may go deep that may result in bleeding and makes it very difficult to walk. At the initial sight of a crack, take appropriate and immediate care. Soak the feet in warm water for some time, to soften the foot. Then gently pat the feet with a dry cloth, but never rub them. To heal the cracks, apply moisturizers such as Vaseline and cover the foot with a polythene wrap. Make sure to do this before going to bed at night, as it wouldn’t cause any inconvenience to you as well as provide enough time for healing. If you do not have time to do this every day, do it at least twice a week. If the crack is very deep, consider applying antiseptic creams to prevent infections. Inappropriate selection of winter shoes may sometimes result in formation of blisters. If blisters develop, care has to taken to cure them.

Sometimes, it is possible that using shoes that are not in use for a very long time have fungus lodged inside the shoes. This has to be taken care of. To prevent fungal growth in the shoes, they have to be kept away from water and moist. It is essential to clean the shoes thoroughly before use.

Lastly, even after taking appropriate care, you may still suffer from foot fungus. In such cases, it is essential to consult a podiatrist immediately without negligence, as it may result in complete damage of the nail bed resulting in complete loss of the nail.

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