Though it may seem that feet would want to be kept warm throughout the cooler months of the year, being caged up for extended periods of time has severe drawbacks. If necessary measures are not followed, the cold and wet weather outside combined with the warmth and dryness indoors may lead to unhealthy feet. Fungus thrives in moist, warm environments, which are ideal for invading the nails and feet. Warm, dry heat, on the other hand, dehydrates the heels, producing painful fissures. Improper footwear may cause ingrown nails and make you more susceptible to foot fungus. Sprained or fractured ankles may result from sloppy footing on slick terrain. Your feet may survive these chilly months with little careful loving care, the right information, and your podiatrist on call, and be ready to enjoy freedom when summer comes.

Regarding Appropriate Footwear

Check that your shoes or boots are comfortable. They might create ingrown toenails or blisters if they are overly tight. If your shoes or boots aren't too tight in the toe area but still cause blisters, consider putting padding between your foot and the shoe or boot. Apply antiseptic cream and bandages if you acquire a blister. Consult your podiatrist straight away if the blister does not heal quickly. If you're looking for new winter shoes, go shopping late at night when your feet are already swollen. This will guarantee that no matter what time of day it is, you have ample area for your feet. On rainy days, wear waterproof shoes or boots to prevent fungus from growing in a moist, warm environment. Rotate your shoes often to allow them to properly dry out and avoid fungal development.

Wear thick, spacious socks made of 100 percent cotton. This will allow your feet to breathe and sweat to evaporate. If your socks get badly stained, change them every day or twice a day. To protect debris from harming your feet, wear slippers or socks throughout the home.

In terms of proper foot care,

Due to wearing sandals and light material shoes throughout summer, feet often start the winter months dry and with extra dead skin. An injury might occur if your feet are pressured to become too smooth too quickly. It should take one to two weeks to smooth and exfoliate your feet. Start by lightly filing or pumicing your feet when they are dry to soften them. Never attempt to remove calluses or corns on your own. Allow a podiatrist to handle these situations. Foot soak is a good one, so soak them in warm water, never hot, with bath salts or moisturizing moisturizer. Instead of rubbing your feet, pat them dry. Cover your feet with plastic wrap after applying a strong moisturizer like Vaseline or cocoa butter; this also helps with badly cracked heels. Apply antiseptic cream and bandages to cracked heels that are bleeding. Consult your podiatrist straight away if these cracks do not heal soon. To keep the plastic wrap and lotion in place, put on a pair of socks. Remember to treat your feet with care. Don't expect them to smooth out overnight. This treatment may be repeated every few days until your feet are smooth.

In relation to Foot Fungus

If you experienced foot fungus last winter, treat any shoes or boots you wore then with anti-fungal spray before wearing them again this year. In minuscule skin cells and nail debris in your shoes, the fungus may survive. These spores might re-infect your foot. Spray your shoes or boots once a week if you're prone to foot fungus. In the changing rooms, be sure you wear sandals. You have no idea who isn't looking after their feet and utilizing the same facilities as you.

Consult your podiatrist straight away if you notice yellow or brown discoloration in your toenails, dry flaky heels, lumps or bubbles on the sides of your feet, or cracking and blistering between your toes. Foot fungus causes these symptoms. The sooner you have your feet taken care of, the faster you will heal.