Healthy Hydrated Feet All Winter Long!
Even down here in Louisiana, there is a chill in the air. It’s definitely Fall and with the weather changing, we have to change our routine. Maybe you switch out your light moisturizer for a heavier facial moisturizer in the winter, or you pull your sweaters out of their summer box.
Did you know you have to change up your foot care routine too? That’s right, cold weather can lead to plenty of foot irritation. Most of that irritation is caused by our footwear in the winter. Fear not. We have some tips to make sure your feet are healthy and happy!
In the summer we are barefoot alot and have sand to help exfoliate our feet. In the colder months, we don't have the luxury of effortless exfoliation, so we have to put in a little more work. Try a homemade foot scrub on a cold rainy day this season. Combine honey and sugar in a small bowl. Soak your feet in warm water and scrub with your homemade mixture. Rinse well and moisturize. To lock in the moisture, put socks on before the lotion dries.
Speaking of moisturizing…
Cold weather dries out our feet and nails causing them to weaken, break, or even get infected. While moisturizing your feet, start at the toes and work your way up to the heel and ankle.
Although you won’t be seeing your toes as often in the cold months, it’s still important to keep your nails trimmed. Get a pedicure or do it yourself at home! Keeping your nails clean will help you avoid irritation.
Exercise your feet.
Yep. Exercising your feet in the winter helps with your foot health. Stretching and working out your feet will warm them up and keep them from cracking. Try to do a few foot stretches every day.
You don’t want too much hydration though
There are around 250,000 sweat glands in your feet that secrete half of a pint of moisture a day! Adding layers of socks and boots can keep that moisture locked in. Not only can this cause your feet to smell but can also lead to infection. Be sure to wear clean socks and wash your feet.
We may all be relieved that our hottest days are behind us this year, but that doesn't mean you can let up on your foot health. Change up your routine and take care of your feet, they are the foundation of our bodies.
Call us at Gulf South Foot and Ankle for any and all of your foot health needs!