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Tips for Healthy Winter Feet from Dr Foot

Dr Foot has compiled 5 top tips to keep you moving this winter.

As always lets start with your shoes

Ideally you should purchase some good quality winter shoes. If you’re going to be out and about then it would be good idea to make sure your shoes are waterproof. When purchasing your winter shoes allow for some extra room for thicker socks. To prevent slips and falls it is essential that the shoes have adequate grip.

Socks

The best way to deal with cold feet is to prevent heat loss by keeping the feet warm and dry. The wearing of natural fiber socks (e.g. wool) is advisable. If you suffer from cold sweaty feet then you could wear a thin synthetic sock to absorb moisture to a thicker outer sock.

Pretend you’re in sandals!

When we wear sandals we make an effort to make sure our feet are looking pretty. In the winter months we hide them away and pay little attention to them. Feet will dry out in the winter which can lead to cracks and peeling of the skin. Keep your feet moisturized especially around your heels. Make sure your nails are trimmed and are neat and tidy.

Walk softly

The cold weather can lead to slippery and potentially dangerous pavements and roads. Even with a good shoe with adequate grip it is advisable to walk softly and not to make any sudden movements. Ankle sprains and ligament tears are common during winter months.

Beware of chilblains!

Chilblains are small, itchy, painful lumps that develop on the skin. They develop as an abnormal response to cold. They usually go away over 7-14 days. If you are prone to develop chilblains then you should keep warm in cold weather and avoid excessive exposure to the elements.

For diabetic foot care advice go to www.drfoot.co.uk

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