Keep Feet Comfortable and Healthy This Winter

As the weather changes, foot health issues increase. Falls on snow and ice are common. Many people experience foot pain, especially those who are living with diabetes or a circulatory ailment. This discomfort can interfere with daily activities and leave people isolated and lonely, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are five tips from Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos to keep you well through the winter months:

  1. Start with improved footwear. Choose a pair of lined, insulated shoes. Make sure they’re waterproof. Wet feet are cold feet. Your boots should have thick, lug soles that will keep you steady on snow and ice.
  2. Do you enjoy winter sports? Prevent blisters. Be sure that your equipment is properly-sized. If you’re considering an investment in secondhand equipment, be sure it’s in good condition. The cushioning in used footwear is often worn out. Pay attention to how you’re feeling and take frequent breaks to warm up. Toss an extra pair of socks in your pack and change them if your feet get wet.
  3. This is not the season for thin socks or open shoes! Opt for woolen socks, which will do a better job of keeping feet warm and wicking moisture than cotton will.
  4. Keep feet clean, dry, and well-moisturized. Wash feet daily with antibacterial soap. Dry well, especially between the toes. These two simple steps are the best ways to prevent fungal infections. Apply moisturizer to dry skin to stay safe from painful heel cracks.
  5. If your circulation is impaired by diabetes, Raynaud’s disease, or another condition, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and take any medication exactly as prescribed. These simple steps will have significant impact on foot health.

Of course, the best thing you can do to keep feet feeling great all year round is to see a board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM regularly. Your foot doctor brings years of specialized training and experience to every visit, and is the best-qualified medical professional to care for this part of your body. Schedule an appointment in the modern, comfortable My Chicago Foot Expert office today. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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