Most people get concerned about the health and appearance of their feet during the summer months. During the cold and wet winter months, your feet can really take a beating. Your feet will thrive during these cold months if you follow these foot-health tips:
Footwear — Invest in a good pair of water-proof winter boots or shoes. Make sure your blister doesn’t heal in a timely manner, consult your podiatric physician.
Foot care — The winter months can leave people vulnerable to dry, cracked feet. To keep your feet from drying out, moisturize them once or twice a day, especially around the heels and sides of the foot. For a list of foot creams and moisturizers approved by podiatric physicians and that have received APMA’s Seal of Acceptance, go to APMA.org and click on Learn About Feet.
Foot Fungus — Fungus may live inside a winter shoe or boot over the summer, just waiting to re-infect a foot or toenail. If you had foot fungus last winter, take precautions by using an anti-fungal spray on boots or shoes that were worn last winter before wearing them this season.
People with fungal infections are at high risk for re-infection, especially if they don’t treat their shoes.” -E. Kent Picklesimer, DPM
Source: Footprints Winter 2012/13