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.

It’s Fungal Disease Awareness Week: Common Infections of the Foot

No matter how clean you keep your feet, they are constantly in contact with microorganisms that can cause infection. Bacteria and fungus are the most common offenders. Because this is Fungal disease Awareness Week, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding the most common foot infections.

Fungal Foot Infections: These are familiar to many of us who may have picked up a toenail or foot infection in a spa or locker room. The foot, particularly between the toes, provides the perfect environment for infection. All it takes for the infection to develop is for the foot to come in contact with a contaminated surface.

Athlete’s Foot: When itchiness, flaking, and a rash develops between the toes, it is most often related to a common condition known as athlete’s foot. The fungus thrives in moist, warm environments such as saunas and gyms and can flourish in sweaty shoes and socks. It is very contagious and can be easily spread through contaminated towels, clothing, or floors.

Toenail Fungus: This fungal infection typically slowly grows underneath the toenail. Its symptoms include a yellowish or white discoloration, and the flaking and thickening of the nail, which separates from the nail bed. It often accompanies athlete’s foot and is more common in people with a weakened immune system.

Bacterial Foot Infections: While somewhat less common than a fungal infection, a bacterial foot infection can sometimes become serious, and develop from a local infection to a systemic one. Most are established through abrasions or breaks in the skin, often as a result of a penetrating wound.

Foot Abscess: Bacterial foot infections sometimes consolidate into a pocket of pus known as an abscess. This is most often caused by a puncture wound or the infection of a hair follicle.

Cellulitis: This is a potentially serious skin condition in which a local bacterial infection spreads from the site of the initial wound. It typically starts as a small area of inflammation that quickly spreads to surrounding tissues.

If you’re dealing with one of these or any other foot 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.

8 Reasons to Take Proper Care of Your Feet

In life, every step counts. Your feet allow you to carry on with your daily activities. Caring for them can sometimes be challenging, but today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding eight reasons why you should take proper care of your feet.

Being aware of how these health conditions can affect your feet will help you keep them healthy and happy.

  1. Diabetes. Diabetes can cause several different foot complications, including neuropathy (that can sometimes result in amputation) and poor circulation.
  2. Arthritis. Arthritis can present itself in several ways, but it’s usually painful, and it can be debilitating. When arthritis attacks your feet, there can eventually be a loss of mobility. It is crucial you visit a podiatrist if you experience the following symptoms:
  • Painful joints;
  • Swollen joints;
  • Difficulty moving a joint;
  • Redness on the joint;
  • Stiffness early in the day;
  • Changes in the skin.
  1. Injury. Ankle and foot injuries, including sprains, fractures, and strains, can cause a loss of support in your feet. Make an appointment with a podiatrist if you have pain or swelling in your feet or ankles or if you experience difficulty walking.
  1. Obesity. Research reveals that more than one-third of Americans are obese. This extra weight puts added pressure on ankles, hips, and knees, leading to more wear and tear on your feet.
  1. Tendon and Muscle Issues. Tendons, bones, and muscles, aid your feet in carrying your weight. If a muscle or tendon in your foot or ankle is injured, even the simple act of walking can become painful.
  2. Skin Disorders. The list of skin disorders are long, but certain skin conditions can result in significant health problems. See a podiatrist if the following skin issues develop:
  1. Toe Joint and Nerve Problems: Pain and numbness – when located in the joints of the toes – can cause a hammertoe, neuroma, or bunions.
  2. Toenail Issues. While they may seem like the least of your worries, toenail issues can cause significant discomfort from toenail fungus or ingrown toenails.

Keep your feet healthy by seeing a podiatrist if you experience any of these 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.