Here in Chicago (aka Chiberia), we need to keep all of our body parts covered up during these single digit climates. These include hats for our heads, scarves for our necks, gloves for our hands, and socks for our feet.
At DM Foot & Ankle, Dr. Emini and I try to keep our patients informed about how to keep their feet warm. Last week we discussed two winter foot woes - frostbite and chillblains. This week we will discuss best ways to prevent these conditions.
The most important aspects include two major factors: first is keeping your feet warm, and second is keeping them dry.
The best way to keep feet warm are to wear socks made of natural fiber blends such as wool, cashmere, or sheepskin. Natural fibers will keep the body well-insulated, as they would for an animal. The socks should fit well and be thicker than the everyday sock. Should your socks become moist, it is imperative to change out of these as soon as possible.
In terms of shoes, make sure to wear a pair of shoes or boots that are waterproof and also insulated. Again, boots lined with natural fibers such as sheepskin are a perfect fit for the winter. Make sure to add your orthotics for added support!
If your feet are prone to sweat, or if your fingers and toes tend to get cold very easily, you are at a higher risk for frostbite and chillblains. At any point in this frosty weather, if you are planning to be outside for more than ten minutes, keep those feet as warm as you can. These socks and boots are a vital investment to protect your toes. Stay warm, everyone!
By: Michelle Kim