It’s easy to neglect our foot health in the winter. Always being covered by heavy boots and thick socks means we can forget how important it is to take care of our feet. Out of sight, out of mind!
Winter is perhaps one of the most important times of the year to maintain our foot health. It is a time where small issues can easily grow into large concerns, discomfort can be prevalent, and something we can take advantage of so that when summer returns, we already have smooth, sandal-ready feet.
There are a number of small things youcan do throughout the winter to care for your feet. With just a few simple steps and the right foot care products, you can ensure your feet stay healthy even when they’re covered up all winter!
Soak Your Feet
Soaking your feet is not only relaxing,but it’s great for your foot health. Soaking your feet in warm water for at least five minutes per day or a few times per week helps to loosen tough, dry skin on the soles of the feet to make it easier to remove it.
Using a professional foot soak with essential oils and moisturizers can help soften the skin even more and provide it with extra elements to help keep them healthy. Foot soaks are available for people with diabetes and sensitive skin as well.
After soaking comes exfoliation. In the winter this is particularly important, as removing the dead, dry skin means it won’t get caught or torn on any socks or footwear during the winter. Exfoliate with products that use natural ingredients, like apricot seeds or sugar, or simply use a pumice stone. These scrubs help to moisturize the skin as well and make it easy to remove dead skin.
Dead skin on the feet should always be removed as catching or tearing skin on the bottom of the feet can lead to infections.
You should always moisturize your feet after washing, just like any other part of your body. There are a variety of amazing foot moisturizers available depending on your skin type and needs. This helps to keep your skin soft, prevents cracked heels, and prevents your skin from drying out. You can also wear socks to sleep to lock in the moisture!
Always make sure you find the right moisturizer for your feet. Each comes with its own infusion of ingredients and vitamins to soothe dry feet and it can take some time to find the perfect product for you!
Wear the Right Socks
Choosing the right socks is key for foot health at all times in the year, but especially in the winter when our feet can sweat inside big boots that we have to wear all day. Choosing socks made from material that wick away moisture is key for avoiding fungal infections on your feet.
Socks made from merino wool, polyester, coolmax, or olefin naturally wick moisture away so your socks and feet stay dry even when they sweat. Cotton socks can often be a poor choice, as these absorb moisture and can lead to dewy, moist feet all day and can increase your risk of infection.
Wear Good Boots
A good pair of winter boots will last you and your feet years to come! Find a boot with a good heel, arch support, and supportive sole to ensure that you can wear them all day and trek through snowbanks with them. High heeled boots are often a poor choice for daily use, as these can cause foot pain and the development of other issues. Make sure your boots are warm,supportive, and waterproof to ensure snow doesn’t get in them and make you cold!
Visit Our Online Foot Care Shop
FootStore.ca has all the products you need to keep your feet healthy this winter. No matter how cold it gets, you can have healthy, smooth feet! We offer products for moisturizing, exfoliating, soaking, treatment, and more.
If you have any questions about any of our products, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to help you find the right foot product for your concerns this winter.
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