The cold season is here and it can be hard on your feet. During the winter, your feet are usually hidden away — making it easy for unpleasant foot problems to go unnoticed. At times, even running a simple errand can result in painful blisters, cracked heels and dry skin.
Sweating is a natural body function, but too much of it can be uncomfortable. Some people experience perspiration on the bottoms of their feet, and this can be so bad that it’s actually painful — but this condition doesn’t always have to be a problem. Since feet produce more sweat than any other part of the body, they’re particularly susceptible to perspiration problems. Sweaty feet can cause between the toes to become drenched in sweat, which can lead to irritation and even skin lesions. This can be easily confused with a common foot fungus like athlete’s foot.
To prevent calluses:
- Cleanse your feet with surgical spirit before and after you use the foot file to prevent the removal of natural oils that keep the skin moisturised.
- Soak your feet in warm, salted water and wipe your feet with a foot file.
- Be careful not to tear the skin when using a foot file or scrubber, or you may cause skin infections.
Cutting your toenails is a task that you may find uncomfortable, but it is necessary to avoid infection. The most important thing is to keep them clipped, but be wary of over-trimming. It’s best to use the clippers when your nails are dry because they can be easier to grip and control.
When it’s cold out and you want your toes to stay toasty, you might think that you’re doing yourself a favour by sticking your feet into hot water or onto a sizzling radiator. However, in reality it could be causing a bit of pain. A chilblain can occur when your feet are exposed to extreme cold for too long and are then warmed up too quickly.
During a chilblain, your blood vessels cut off the flow of blood to the area that was warmed, causing the area to feel tight. Your skin might also turn red and develop a blister.
Chilblains are self-limiting, meaning they can go away on their own. However, your podiatrist should evaluate them if they do not go away.
Your skin is going to take a beating during the cold, dry winter months. If you’re experiencing flaky, itchy feet, consider using a foot cream or balm with urea. The best products contain between 5% and 10% urea — CCS and Flexitol are two excellent brands that do.
High heels can be extremely damaging to feet and even health causing foot, leg, back and posture issues. Wear them occasionally in moderation, but otherwise stick to basic comforts: sneakers, flats, etc. If you do like to wear them occasionally, make sure you do it properly. Be smart about it and just don’t wear them if they are already hurting your feet.
If you have any foot issues, feel free to make an appointment at the clinic. We have experienced chiropodists and podiatrists who are capable of handling all sorts of foot conditions that might prevent you from walking comfortably or even getting worse if they’re left untreated.
*This blog contains general information about medical conditions and is not advice. You must not rely upon the information in this blog as medical advice. Medical advice should always be sought from an appropriately qualified podiatrist such as ourselves.