After the festival month here comes winter. From the beginning of November, India experiences a change in the climate. Sometimes due to sudden rain, it changes overnight and sometimes slowly over two weeks. Our entire body experiences that environmental drift as well as our feet. Let us discuss how to take care of our feet throughout winter.
Why not? One of the most vital points of this discussion is the footwear. The footwear must be thick, waterproof to keep feet dry and warm. The shoe must be well fitted so that toes can be moved easily inside it, for that a 2cm gap between the toes and the end of the footwear is required. Footwear with a deep toe box is preferable so that in standing position toes do not hit the upper part of the selected footwear. The shoe must not be pointed, it should be ‘foot-shaped’. To know more about the correctly fitted footwear visit the nearest foot clinic and talk to a podiatrist.
We cannot finish this point without talking about socks, wool or cotton socks are better during wintertime. Synthetic must be avoided because wool and cotton are more absorbent than synthetic and keep our feet warm and dry as well as prevents bacterial infection. Socks must be available in multiple pairs so that every day, used pairs can be washed. Wearing too-tight socks will cut off the circulation.
This is not the end! Keep at least two pairs of shoes and sundry the other pair every day after use to avoid bacterial infections.
Well, you will be surprised to know that varnish & nail polish can easily lock bacteria inside nails and that can lead to infection, discoloration and as a result weak nails. Our feet will be spending more time inside socks and footwear during winter and have limited access to air. It is recommended that you avoid the pedicures and use anti-bacterial like tea-tree oil.
The Foot Skin:
Wait! Avoiding pedicure does not mean that you can avoid daily hygiene and skincare. Wash your feet daily during shower with moisturizing soap and after drying them apply moisturizer twice a week to prevent them from hardening & cracking. Use a pumice stone when your feet are dry to remove dead skin, don’t use them when your feet are wet, it can rub all healthy skin off.
The winter is a dark and difficult time for your feet, with a little bit effort we can defeat the winter from affecting our feet badly by avoiding infections, bad smells, and pain. In the end, your healthy feet will be ready for next summer.