Fall is coming and making way for colder weather brings on a set of unique challenges for foot health. Though it may not get as cold here in the South, the change in weather can still have a negative impact on your feet. It is important to stay on top of your foot health and we have some great tips on how to do so.
Shoes and Socks
Not unlike summer, shoes have a heavy influence on your foot health in the fall and winter months. As we put the sandals away and bring out the boots and closed toe shoes, you want to be cognizant of how your shoes fit and how much moisture they let in. Since your shoes are closed, fit is so important. You want the ball of your foot and your arch to be supported, but you also need there to be enough room for your toes to move freely. Socks should also be taken into account when sizing your shoes. It’s important to size a little larger so your foot and sock can fit comfortably and correctly within the shoe.
A great winter shoe also is waterproof, keeping outside moisture away from your skin. Wet feet have a chilling effect and can damage the skin, making you more at risk for bacterial infections. Moisture wicking socks can be a life saver for keeping your feet healthy and dry. Though outside moisture poses a threat, so does sweat. Moisture wicking socks or using foot powder can help absorb the sweat and protect your skin and feet.
Moisturize the Skin
Though it may sound contradictory, your skin being too dry can also be dangerous to your foot health. If your skin is starting to become too dry it can cause painful cracks and fissures. Though heel fissures are common, they are preventable. Moisturize your feet while at home to avoid this, and let the lotion absorb before putting on socks or shoes.
Inspect your feet to ensure that they are healthy. Keeping an inventory of how your feet look will help to notice any new additions, such as cracks or blisters. Regularly inspecting your feet can help catch issues early, so they don’t grow into a bigger problem that may need to be fixed by a podiatrist.