As the temperatures drop, winter calls for extra foot care, such as insulated boots and moisture-wicking socks. Proper winter boots will keep your feet warm, comfortable, and safe from frostbite and numbness. Our podiatrist in Plano, TX, advises you to always wear proper footwear during extreme winter temperatures and wants to provide some extra advice for winter foot care below.
Frostbite and numbness are two major concerns if you spend a lot of time outdoors during the winter months. Frostbite is a concern for everyone and can lead to nerve damage, but numbness is especially risky for those with diabetes, as they may already suffer from neuropathy, leading to further diabetic complications.
To avoid these problems, always wear boots or shoes that are insulated enough to protect from the temperatures you are exposed to. Check the ratings on new winter boots before purchasing and make sure that they are sufficiently insulated for your area.
Keeping your feet warm is crucial during the winter; however, thick socks can make your feet too warm, causing them to sweat, and your boots to develop a bad smell. If you tend to have sweaty feet, make sure you air out your boots to avoid bad odors and consider getting moisture-wicking socks to avoid this problem — damp feet and boots can have the opposite effect, making your feet colder and more susceptible to frostbite.
If your hands and skin tend to crack due to cold, dry weather, make sure you take care of your feet as well! Your heels are especially prone to dryness and cracking. You can keep your feet healthy by removing dry skin with a pumice stone, moisturizing with a thick lotion and wearing socks overnight to lock in the moisture.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Plano, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.
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The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.