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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
December 22, 2015

Despite its mild start, we know it’s only a matter of time before the frosty temperatures hit our Southwestern, PA communities. Philip S. Pinsker wants you to know that cold weather can mean increased problems for your feet. Follow these tips for keeping feet healthy this winter:

Choose Good Boots—many patients wonder why their feet hurt more in the colder weather. Oftentimes, boots with poor arch support are to blame. When temps drop and snow flies, we wear our boots more often and if your boots lack arch support they can leave your feet achy at the end of the day.

Watch Your Step—icy pavement can increase risk for falls and ankle sprains. Avoid carrying so many packages that you are unable to see where you are putting your feet. Wear weather appropriate shoes with good ankle support—especially if you have weak ankles that are prone to twisting. (Carry your fancy holiday heels and change when you get where you are going!)

Change Socks frequently—believe it or not, the incidence of bacterial and fungal infections are surprisingly high in the wintertime. We tend to think of them as a summer hazard because they are spread by direct contact and we spend more time barefoot in warm weather months. However, indoor areas such as gym locker rooms and showers, and nail salons can be places where feet are exposed to bacteria and then warm socks and shoes provide the perfect incubator for the infection to grow and thrive. Overheated malls and offices can lead to feet sweating and the kind of moist environment fungi and bacteria love.

Put Your Feet Up—many existing conditions from Neuromas to arthritis to plantar fasciitis are all made worse by being on your feet for prolonged periods of time. With holiday shopping, cooking, and socializing it’s easy to overdo it. Make sure you allow times of rest and elevate your feet up if you already have a podiatric condition.

Not surprisingly, minor foot irritations become major problems at this time of the year. If you start experiencing pain, swelling, inflammation, or other changes in your feet, schedule a consultation with our board certified podiatrist, Philip S. Pinsker, D.P.M. Most foot conditions are more easily treated in their early stages. After work appointments are available in our Washington office. Request an appointment online or call us at (724) 225-7410.

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