Top 5 Cold Weather Foot Problems

Cold weather sports can really pump up the adrenalin, whether it’s sledding, skiing or just walking through the snow. To enjoy your winter activities to the fullest, there are some cold weather foot problems you’ll want to avoid. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some information on some of the most common foot issues associated with the colder weather.

Athlete’s Foot

While many think athlete’s foot is a problem only encountered during the warmer weather, winter moisture can also cause this fungal infection. When you layer a couple of pairs of socks, your sweaty feet can’t breathe properly. This can cause athlete’s foot and a bacterial infection on top of it. Avoid this problem by choosing socks made of acrylic-wool blends that wick moisture away from the toes and feet.

Fractures

It’s important to train properly before beginning any activities, so you can reduce the risk of twisting an ankle, falling, or slipping. Skaters, snowboard, and skiing devotees are especially disposed to accidents that can result in a fractured ankle. Wearing properly fitted boots or shoes with padded socks can decrease risks by ensuring that the feet are properly protected.

Dry Skin

This is the most common cold-weather foot condition, particularly among men. The cracks not only look unappealing, if deep enough, they can be painful. The easiest way to help prevent dry skin on your feet is to consistently apply moisturizing cream, especially after a shower.

Foot Pain

This can have multiple causes and can happen at any time, any place. If you want to avoid being put out of action by pain or discomfort, be sure to see your podiatrist if the discomfort lasts more than a couple of days and has no clear cause.

Blisters

While you can get a blister at any time of the year, there are two factors that make it especially likely that you’ll get one in the winter. One of those factors is winter equipment rentals such as ski boots or skates. It can be challenging to find the correct fit. If the boot or skate is a little too loose at the heel, for example, the rubbing that is created from your foot moving around can result in a blister. Wear padded socks to fill in the gaps in a loose-fitting rental skate or boot.

One other issue is all the time you spend on your feet during holiday shopping.

During the colder months, proper foot care is important. If you experience cold weather foot problems or any other issues, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

Why Diabetic Foot Care is So Important This Winter

Diabetic foot care is important at any time of year, but winter brings with it threats decreased circulation and numbness. Because November is Diabetes Awareness Month, today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is spreading awareness by sharing some information regarding diabetic foot care in winter.

Winter cold, moisture, and dryness elevate the risk of diabetic foot issues. About 15 to 20 percent of diabetics seek treatment at a hospital because of an infection or foot ulcer, which leads to amputation in some cases.

These tips can help you care for your diabetic feet this winter:

Daily examination
  • Examine all the pressure points on your feet and in between your toes. Keep an eye out for discharge, changes in color or odor, painful corns or calluses, or breaks in the skin.
Make moisturizing a must
  • Poor circulation and nerve damage from diabetes can affect the moisturizing glands of your feet. Dry winter heat can worsen the dryness, so moisturize daily.
Proper footwear is key.
  • If you are diabetic, winter cold combined with diminished circulation can elevate your risk for developing a foot ulcer. Ensure that your winter footwear provides warmth, protection from the elements, and sufficient padding. Diabetic footwear is a great choice.
Free your feet from moisture.
  • Icy puddles or snow can lead to hazardously damp feet that can invite unwanted bacteria. When your feet get wet, dry them completely, including between your toes, and change out of your wet socks and shoes.
Trim your toenails with care.
  • Infected toenails or untrimmed toenails frequently cause ulcers and infections. Trim them correctly, which is straight across and not too short. If you have difficulty trimming them, get professional help from your podiatrist.
Don’t turn up the heat on your feet.
  • Always be careful when using hot soaks, heating pads, or electric blankets. And always check the water temperature before you stick your feet in.
Control your glucose levels.
  • Regulating your blood sugar is an important part of diabetic foot care. Your feet are one of the first places poor diabetic control appears.  Work with your doctor to control your blood sugar.

If you are living with diabetes and haven’t seen a podiatrist in some time, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

Thoughtful Gifts for Senior Feet

Giving gifts has been an essential part of holiday celebrations for generations. At times, though, it can be challenging to find that perfect gift. This can be particularly true of the seniors in our lives because it can feel like they already have everything they could ever want or need. This holiday season, items to help the seniors in your life care for their feet might be the perfect gift. Today, our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some ideas.

Senior feet require a lot of loving care for many reasons. For one, as we age circulation is not as robust, muscles, and connective tissues begin to weaken, bones start to get thinner, and seniors become more vulnerable to serious diseases that affect the feet, such as diabetes.

Taking special care of the lower limbs helps prevent serious problems from occurring, and allows seniors to maintain their flexibility and mobility. Some simple items can help seniors care for their feet – and they can make great holiday gifts too!

Great Holiday Gifts For Seniors

  • Socks: Kids may not like getting socks on Christmas morning, but for a senior who suffers from poor circulation, a nice, thick pair can make the difference between toasty and icy toes. Synthetic or woolen socks with moisture-absorbing properties are the best choice because they help draw perspiration away from the skin.
  • Slippers: Slippers that have thick soles that provide support can also help keep feet warm, especially for those who have diabetes. Thick, sturdy soles can help protect the feet from stepping on something sharp, and for someone with diabetes, this is vital for helping prevent injuries such as ulcers.
  • Pampering: There are also many other gift ideas that do not include footwear. It becomes more challenging to keep skin moisturized as we age, so that a good nourishing foot cream could be a useful gift. Treating their feet to some footbath crystals are another great idea.

Help the seniors in your life stay strong on their feet in their golden years. For more information regarding proper senior foot care, or to schedule an appointment, call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today.