What are some likely podiatric issues to arise in winter?
Bunyuns, calluses and more - These common foot ailments are more likely to be seen on feet during the winter due to the prolonged wear of fitted and closed toe shoes or boots. These can be and are often caused by footwear that is not appropriate for the season or is too tight. Skier’s toe, blisters and neuromas are prominent examples that we see in cold weather. For more in depth definitions and symptoms of these issues, visit our blog source websites listed below the article.
Pinched nerves, chilblains, and more - In addition to your shoes causing you pain, the cold weather itself can have a direct affect on your skin and nerves. People with poor circulation can get pinched nerves and swollen blood vessels when feet are exposed to sudden temperature differences. Many people are a victim of severe dry or cracked skin around their feet and ankles which happens when you don’t moisturize or hydrate properly when being exposed to cold, dry weather.
Frostnip, frostbite, and more - If you do not protect your extremities or if you do already suffer from poor circulation, the risk of you suffering from pain or ailments in your feet increases drastically. If your feet are tingling, and or feel numb, this is a sign of frostnip, the beginning of the dangerous condition frostbite, which would ultimately lead to the loss of limb. As most know, your feet often regulate your body temperature, therefore, not treating your frostnip would put you at a direct risk for hypothermia.
There are a few different reasons why the cold weather brings these problems.
- First, and most obvious, is that during the spring and summer, people usually walk around with sandals, flip flops, or barefoot most of the time while transitioning to a more confined shoe for the fall and winter can be very uncomfortable.
- When cold weather sets in, our bodies truly can be affected by the change in the atmosphere. The effects of barometric pressure may come in the form of achy or painful joints in our feet and ankles. People say, “The weather is changing, I can feel it in my bones.” People who suffer from arthritis in any part of the body are prone to feeling the unfortunate effects of this phenomena.
- Moisture inside the shoe can cause a build-up of bacteria which in turn forms into diseases such as fungi and Athlete’s foot. Wet shoes or shoes that hold moisture after being in the rain or snow are the worst for causing this problem.
How can we prevent and improve these ailments?
The most important thing you can do is remember to keep warm! When exercising outdoors, always gear up appropriately. Don’t overdress, but wear thin layers to insulate your body heat and are easy to peel off. In the house or without shoes on, it’s still necessary to wear thick socks to protect your feet. Read last week’s blog to learn how to “Winterize Your Workout” and get tips on dressing correctly to perform better.
Second, keep your body moving. You can get some winter workout advice from the aforementioned blog on our website. If you’re not a regular gym junkie, figure out some light exercises that you can do to warm up the body each day. The motions can help the blood circulate and loosen stiff joints. It’s helpful to do this before stepping outside, so your body is readily prepared to cope with the drop in temp.
When dealing with, and to prevent blisters, skin sores and such, remember to wear footwear that is not too tight or too narrow. The addition of paddings or insoles may aid you in getting some comfort from the problem area. Most important to remember is that if a pair of shoes is causing you pain or blisters, during any season, that is a sign that you should not wear them. Do not ever pick, squeeze, or bother the painful spot.
The risk of suffering from any of these conditions is heightened by the growing number of people who participate in a variety winter and snow sports, and who exercise outdoors all year round. Please take the necessary precautions to keep your body happy and healthy! If you found this article helpful, please comment and let us know. Follow us on social media where you can stay up to date with all of our latest information and deals, and check us out on Amazon where you can take advantage of our coupon codes now!