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 helpful tips for getting through Canada’s harshest season:
Protect your feet!
Wearing socks and well-fitting boots is essential in our harsh Canadian winters. Socks serve several purposes; they keep your feet warm, provide comfortable padding and serve as a soft interface between your foot and boot to protect against blisters and rubbing. Natural fibres, such as wool and cotton are best for maintaining optimum foot health. Appropriate boots with adequate structure and tread are another must-have for winter. Good boots protect you against slips and falls in addition to providing comfort and support for your feet. Check out the latest in winter boots HERE.
Skin and nail care
The cold, dry conditions during winter can wreak havoc on your skin and nails. Moisturizing regularly and keeping nails trimmed and filed can prevent the cracking, flaking or peeling skin that you might have experienced in previous winters. Apply moisturizer liberally to the soles of the feet, paying close attention to the heels and any other areas of dryness. Avoid getting lotion or moisturizer in between your toes to reduce the chance of fungus. Use a humidifier at home if possible to help keep your skin healthy. Inspect your nails regularly to watch for signs of damage or fungus.
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 board 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 equipment that is 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 in the season, or have any other concerns, contact us today for a comprehensive assessment.