It’s that wonderful time of year when sleigh bells ring and snowflakes glisten. Unfortunately, it’s also that time of year when frostbite happens and slips and falls cause broken bones.
To help alleviate some worry and discomfort this season, here are a few winter foot care tips fromHollowbrook Foot Specialists:
- Keep your feet dry
Dry socks are a great insulator. Wet socks are not. Keeping your feet dry helps avoid frostbite.
- Wear warm socks
Just use common sense, but there are those who insist on wearing thin socks in the winter.
- Use snow and ice cleats
Wintertime is also time for slips and falls. They occur without warning and in an instant you are hurt. the more traction you have, the less likely you will fall. If you know you will be out in the snow, put on snow and ice cleats. They slip on and off easily, and can be the difference between spending the night in the emergency room or in your own bed.
- Diabetics and those with poor circulation – be extra careful
Diabetics and people with Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD – poor circulation) have to be extra careful in the winter.
Decreased circulation makes diabetics more susceptible to frostbite.
People with PAD and Diabetics should be especially careful with heating pads, electric blankets and hot water, too. when you can’t feel your feet, you can’t tell if you are being burned.
Let’s make sure this winter is filled with happiness and joy. But if any foot or ankle injuries happen, contact
By David Schlam