Get outside but don’t let the frostbite bite!
The weather outside can be frightfully cold, so make sure to dress warmly from head to toe.
Our feet and toes are the parts of the body that are most likely to suffer from Frostbite. When exposed to extreme cold for a extended amount of time, small blood vessels may constrict, cutting off blood flow and causing damage to tissues.
Make sure you wear waterproof boots that fit well, allowing enough room for thick, warm socks. Keep in mind that wearing warm socks and waterproof boots will make your feet sweat, and may cause athlete’s foot. Therefore, always opt for moisture-wicking socks.
Dry, cracked heels are common due to low humidity in our warm homes. Apply rich moisturizing cream daily, rather than a lotion, to your feet and stay hydrated.
Avoid placing cold feet in hot water or near direct heat, as this can result in swelling and inflammation. Instead, slowly warm your feet by changing socks and covering them with a blanket.
If you have any foot or ankle related concerns, contact our office, West Hartford Podiatry Associates, located at 2531 Albany Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117. Our number is 860 236-2564.