Canadian winters can be hard on many things, feet included! Cold temperatures, dry conditions, snow, and salt take their toll throughout the season. We’ve compiled some tips for getting through Canada’s harshest season:
Protect your feet from the cold
While protecting your feet is recommended year-round, wearing socks and well-fitting boots are essential in our harsh Canadian winters.
Keep your feet warm with socks
Socks serve several purposes; they keep feet warm, provide padding and comfort as well as serving as a soft interface between your foot and boot to protect against blisters and rubbing. Natural fibres, like wool and cotton, are best for maintaining optimum foot health.
Wear comfortable winter boots
Appropriate boots with adequate structure and tread are another must-have for winter. Good boots help protect you against slips and falls, in addition to providing comfort and support for your feet. Check out the latest in winter boots.
Ensure proper skin and nail care
The cold, dry conditions during winter can wreak havoc on your skin and nails. Moisturizing your feet regularly and keeping toenails trimmed and filed* can prevent the cracking, flaking, or peeling skin that you might have experienced in previous winters. Use a humidifier at home if possible to help keep your feet healthy. Inspect your nails regularly to watch for signs of damage or fungus.
*If you have diabetes, neuropathy, or any other health condition that affects the feet, please consult your health care provider before performing any at-home skin and nail care.
Use the appropriate footwear for winter activities
If you partake in skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or any other winter activity, be sure to use the correct equipment for the sport. Seek the advice of an expert at your ski or snowboard shop to ensure that your boots fit well and are in good condition for the best in performance and comfort. Properly fitting ski and snowboard boots should control most of the movement in your ankle, heel, and instep, with room to wiggle your toes. For those who need a bit more support, look for snow boots that are compatible with your foot orthotics; they can make a big difference in your comfort!
If you’re experiencing an increase in discomfort in your feet or lower legs with the changes to the winter season, or have any other concerns, contact us today for a comprehensive assessment.
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