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Tips to keeping your feet healthy during winter

Tips to keeping your feet healthy during winter

As winter approaches, you likely pack your flip flops and pull out your winter slipper boots and snow slippers for those cold winter days and nights. For those of you who are concerned that your feet will hibernate for around 6 months, we’ve put together these handy tips to keep your feet healthy during the winter.

Here are some great foot care tips and ideal warm home slippers for this fast-approaching winter season.

How to keep your feet healthy in winter

Good foot care is important all year round, but especially in winter. With all those warm socks, fluffy slippers, unisex home slippers, winter home shoes, and thick boots, our feet can easily sweat and feel uncomfortable. Drier weather can also cause cracked scars and dry feet. Just because our feet are hidden doesn’t mean they don’t deserve proper care. Here are a few tips to follow:

Avoid pedicures

While you might think caring for your feet is part of winter grooming, the opposite is true. Nail polish and varnish can trap bacteria in your nails, which can lead to infection, discoloration, brittle nails, etc. Because your feet spend more time in socks and n winter slipper shoes than in summer, your toenails have much less access to the air in winter. Giving yourself at least a week without nail beauty products can help counter this and keep your nails healthy for the next year.

Wash your feet every day

Wash your feet daily (morning and evening) with lukewarm water and soap. Your feet should be well dried before putting on your winter fur slippers. It is recommended that you not soak your feet for too long as this can dry them out.

Wear comfortable boots and dry them off

It’s worth spending the money on a pair of high-quality winter boots from land sneakers so your feet can breathe and have enough freedom of movement. Tight shoes can affect your blood circulation, which can be especially problematic for people with diabetes. The warm winter house shoes should be firm and comfortable, not tight. You should be able to wiggle your toes and feel a little space around your ankle.

When you get home at the end of the day, take off your boots and let them dry. This will help cool them down for your next wear and tear and prevent bacteria from growing.

Note: If you are buying new shoes for the winter, try them on with the right type of socks before buying them. Those thin socks they give you when you try on shoes in the store don’t cut them.

Wear wool or cotton socks

Buy socks made from 100% cotton or wool. These natural materials allow your feet to breathe easily. Socks that are not made from 100% cotton or wool most likely contain plastics that will make your feet sweat.

Use a moisturizer on your feet

The skin tends to dry out in the cold months when dry air and heating remove moisture from the body. Avoid corns, calluses, and cracked heels by moisturizing your feet well with quality foot creams.

Avoid wet shoes

If your winter fur slippers get wet you need to make sure they are completely dry before wearing them again. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, hiking boots can get very wet during the winter months. Move it near a heat source such as a gas or electric heater for at least 12 to 24 hours before wearing it again.

Do not slack on exercise in the winter months

Sitting all day can cause swelling in your feet and ankles. If you need to stay indoors, be sure to do some basic leg exercises to keep your blood flowing. If you are braving the cold, allow time for extra stretching as winter can make you less flexible and therefore more prone to injuring your feet and the rest of your body.

Take a break from nail polish

If ever there was a time your nails weren’t polished now is when your tootsie is covered in boots and socks. If you don’t have a polish, your nails can soak up creams and lotions better, and if you don’t use polish remover for an extended period, you can fight dry nails. If you use a nail polish that contains yellowing agents like formaldehyde, the discolored nail can grow without the varnish, so you’re perfectly ready for summer shoes and sandals.

Treat cracked feet as soon as you notice them

If your feet are prone to cracking, treat them as soon as you notice them start forming. Invest in a good heel balm and use it daily or more regularly if recommended by your podiatrist.

Tips on buying winter fur slippers

  • The winter fur slippers boots and warm socks you wear always lead to wet, sweaty feet in winter. Wet, sweaty feet are more prone to bacterial infections. To keep your feet dry, use foot powder in the socks and take an extra foot bath this winter.
  • While it can be tempting to buy bigger kid home shoes for your kids (so they can wear them for the next season), avoid doing so. Unlike clothing, shoes need to be adjusted immediately. This will help prevent blisters, chafing, and foot/ankle injuries.
  • If the socks are too small, the toes can clump together and cause painful blisters or corns.
  • Never wear warm house boots that expose your feet and toes in winter. This carries the risk of frostbite and injury. Choose shoes that keep your feet warm, dry, and well supported.

Conclusion

Whether you’re walking to and from work on snow-covered sidewalks or hitting the ski slopes, it’s important to choose the right winter shoes that will keep your feet warm, dry, and protected. Snow slippers should be sufficiently padded, but sufficiently spacious so as not to interrupt the circulation of the feet and toes. Avoiding man-made materials and other non-breathable fabrics can help control sweaty feet, which can add extra cold that can lead to frostbite on very cold winter days.

Winter can be a busy and stressful season. So treat yourself to a relaxing and warming foot bath about once a week. Because happy feet mean a great winter season!

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