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Winter Walking: Wear-and-Tear Relief

Winter can be a tough season. You get all the usual wear-and-tear on your lower limbs, but with the added effects of the cold and wet. Cold weather seems to sap energy and winter wetness can soak anything, leaving your feet feeling icy and uncomfortable. The ground may be slippery and increase your risk for sudden falls, too. Fortunately, you can easily take care of your feet and keep them healthy all winter long with just a little self-care.

Cold, wet weather can have a wide variety of effects on the body, including the feet. Your skin may be more prone to dryness and cracking. Cold feet can be uncomfortable and contribute to feeling cold in general. Walking in wet, wintery conditions can increase your risks for slipping and falling, too. All of this is on top of the usual wear-and-tear that comes from activity.

So how can you best care for your feet and ankles during the winter months? Investing in winter foot care isn’t as difficult as you might think. Here are a few ways you can help take care of your feet this season:

  1. Wear the right boots – Just like your regular shoes, you need to wear winter boots that provide support and cushioning. It’s a good idea to choose styles that don’t soak easily, either, to keep your feet dry.

  2. Guard against infections – Wearing warm socks and boots all season can foster a great atmosphere for fungal issues, so take antifungal precautions.

  3. Moisturize your skin – Skin dries out and cracks easily in winter. Moisturize your skin properly and carefully to keep it healthy.

  4. Boost your circulation – Poor circulation can make your feet even colder. Wear warm footwear and take steps to boost your blood flow to help fight cold feet.

New Orleans may not get the huge snowfalls like they get up north, but that doesn’t mean your feet don’t need winter foot care. Wear-and-tear from the season can take its toll and contribute to pain in a difficult season. With the right care, however, you can keep your lower limbs comfortable and healthy all winter long. Let our team at Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC help you. Contact our offices in Metairie (504-708-4810) and Covington (985-809-1464) for more information or to make an appointment today.

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