Looking After Your Feet during the Cold Season

Looking After Your Feet during the Cold Season

Winter can be a challenging time for our feet and it’s easy to forget about them when they’re out of sight! But the right care and attention will help to minimise any problems and ensure that they are ready to face the world again in spring.

Keep feet and ankles warm

Cold temperatures reduce circulation and lead to increased risk of chilblains. If you are planning to ski this year, remember that frostbite is also a very real possibility if your skin is exposed. Always wear suitable wool socks in a winter grade thickness to provide a breathable layer of warmth and cushioning. If it is icy or snowy outside, make sure that you also wear quality winter footwear that will keep your toes toasty and prevent any slips or falls. Now is not the time to be wearing your summer sandals or lightweight trainers!

Check shoe size

It is vital that you wear shoes and boots in the right size, or you can find yourself with blisters or more serious problems. Carefully measure your feet and look for footwear that provides the right level of support and a comfortable fit, with room for your winter socks.

Choose natural fabrics

Although the weather is cold, your feet will sweat as usual. So make sure you wear breathable and natural fabrics such as woollen socks and leather shoes to avoid issues with athlete’s foot and fungal infections. Look for socks and hosiery which incorporate bamboo, silver or copper; all of which help to avoid sweat build-up and bacteria.

Moisturise

Your heels can get very dry in winter, so use a thick and nourishing moisturiser specifically designed for the skin on your feet after you have a shower or bath.

Remove dry skin

Take a break from nail polish

Treat hard-working feet

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