Keep Winter Weather from Affecting Your Feet

The holidays are over, and we’ve got weeks and months of Chicago winter weather still looming. How are your feet doing in this chilly season? Do you know about the increased risks to your foot health this time of year, symptoms you should look for, and where to go for help? Here is some information that Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos wants to share:

Winter is tough the on feet, especially if you have diabetes, Raynaud’s disease, or a circulatory ailment. These conditions can leave feet feeling cold and uncomfortable. Remember to wear wool socks, which will your keep feet warmer than cotton. Insulated shoes and slippers will help as well.

Slipping and falling on winter’s snow and ice can easily cause a foot or ankle injury. If you’re hurting after a tumble, try at-home RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation treatment) for 24 hours. Medical care is required if that doesn’t take care of the issue. See your podiatrist for examination, diagnosis, and expert care.

Anecdotal evidence suggests winter weather can aggravate arthritic joint conditions. If you’re experiencing an increase in symptoms, talk to your podiatrist. Many non-invasive treatment options are available, including over-the-counter and prescription medications and custom orthotics for improved cushioning and support.

If you’re among the more than 40% of Americans who went off their diets during the holidays, your feet and ankles might be feeling the stress of bearing an increased load. Now is a great time to recommit to healthy eating and regular exercise. If you’re not interested in heading to a crowded gym or going outside for a walk, consider trying some of the millions of free exercise videos available online.

The best thing you can do to keep your feet healthy in any season is to see your podiatrist. With years of education and experience, your foot doctor is a medical specialist and the best-qualified person to care for this part of your body. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule an appointment with Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, today.

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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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