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Posts for: January, 2019

Care of your feet during the winter in New YorkNew Yorkers know that winter is one of, if not THE, toughest seasons on people’s feet. The cold outside along with the heat from radiators, can leave them feeling like sandpaper and are constantly cracking. There are ways to make sure that the body parts that are responsible for transporting them from place to place are well-maintained and can survive the harsh climate with minimal, if any, discomfort. Here are some tips on how to care for your feet during the winter.

 

Give your Feet Room

 

Your feet can get very cold during the winter… and you don’t even have to go outside. The heat can move to try to warm up other parts of your body, which leaves your feet prone to getting very chilly indeed. There are a couple of things you can do, though. One is to be very vigorous when applying any lotion to your feet. That will heat things up in that area. Also, don’t have your feet mashing up inside your shoes- give your toes room to wiggle around. That can also help give much-needed heat and circulation.

 

Moisturize

It’s very important to keep your feet feeling soft and supple. Otherwise even the act of putting on socks can be annoying, since it snags on some dry skin. There are a lot of lotions out there that can do the job without costing a lot of money. This is also the time of year that it’s definitely OK to wear socks to bed, since that will also help keep the lotion on your feet while you sleep - and you can wake up to soft skin. .

 

Smooth Away The Rough Edges

 

Exfoliation plays a big part in your foot maintenance routine. A pumice stone is a great thing to have in the shower. It can be used to get rid of rough spots on the foot or cracked heels. Also, you can use a spare toothbrush with soft bristles to clear away the debris that winds up between your toes. This should be done right after a shower, too.

 

Clip Your Nails After A Shower

 

Trying to clip nails, especially ones that are more brittle because of the cold, is no fun. Nail care is important, since dry skin can also be more prone to being cut by those longer nails. Clipping nails after a shower, when the nails are still soft, can make the entire process much easier for all involved - including the clean-up afterwards,

 

Dr. John J Hickey knows how to keep people’s feet in shape during the cold weather. Both he and his staff at Levittown Podiatry can show what is needed. They will gladly guide anyone and answer any questions.