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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 16, 2016

The temperatures are dropping and winter is quickly approaching. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we know that means we can expect to see an increase in several common foot problems. We’d like to help our patients learn how to prevent these issues with a few simple steps.

1. Fungal Infections—colder weather means warmer socks and shoes and hotter and stores. This combination can lead to increased perspiration for your feet and longer periods of time in damp socks and closed shoes—the perfect conditions for bacterial and fungal infections to breed, resulting in athlete’s foot and/or fungal toenails. Be prepared to change your socks more than once a day if necessary to keep feet dry. Consider a talcum or anti-fungal foot powder as well. Winter weather also causes many patients to move exercise and fitness activities indoors. Gyms, locker rooms, health club showers are all prime areas for picking up a fungal infection. Be sure to wear flip flops or shower shoes at all times in public places.

2. Blisters—sweaty skin also means more friction between skin and socks and an increased risk of blisters. If you feel your skin beginning to get irritated, cover with a bandage or a piece of moleskin and try to switch to a different pair of shoes for a few days. If  a blister does form, do not pop it as this can lead to an infection. Cover with a bandage until it goes away.

3. Xerosis—this is just a fancy word for very dry skin—another winter woe that results from increased heating and dehydration of the skin. Moisturize your feet a few times a day with an extra-emollient cream and avoid overly hot showers.

Although all of these are seemingly minor foot annoyances they can turn into serious problems if left untreated. If despite all your precautions and care a foot condition does not appear to improve or is worsening contact our Washington office for an appointment. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will examine your foot and prescribe the correct treatment to get you back on you track as soon as possible.

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