Colder weather means a change in footwear and activities for many people. You don’t have to sacrifice your outdoor activities and routines to avoid the cold. We have compiled a list of winter foot care tips to help keep your feet healthy this winter season.
- Never ski or snowboard in any footwear other than boots specifically designed for these activities. Make sure your ski/snowboard boots fit properly by ensuring there’s room to wiggle your toes, while also able to immobilize the heel, instep, and ball of your foot.
- We can make custom orthotics for your winter footwear (ski/snowboard boots and ice skates for example)
- If you’re an outdoor runner, don’t let the cold stop you. Wear lightweight, moisture wicking activewear to help you stay warm and dry in bitter temperatures.
- Instead of changing your footstrike pattern for icy condition, shorten your stride to help maintain stability.
- Cold weather can make you less flexible than in the summer, so stretch and warmup your muscles before you begin your run.
- Waterproof boots and the warm socks you wear still tends to lead to damp, sweaty feet in the winter. Damp, sweaty feet are more prone to bacterial infections. To keep your feet dry, use foot powder inside socks and take extra foot baths this winter.
- Although it may be tempting to buy larger sized footwear for your children (so they can wear them next season), avoid doing so. Unlike clothing items, footwear needs to fit properly right away. Doing so helps prevent blisters, chaffing and foot/ankle injuries.
- If socks are too small, they can cause toes to bunch together and lead to painful blisters or corns.
- Never ever wear summer shoes that expose your feet and toes in the winter. This risks your chances of frostbite and injury. Choose footwear that will keep your feet warm, dry and well supported.
For more information, see the American Podiatric Medical Association’s post: Tips to Keep Feet Warm and Cozy All Winter Long