Have you ever wondered why your foot pain gets worse during the winter months? Whether it’s common daily foot pain or lingering conditions that act up without warning, foot pain is very common in the winter. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some reasons why.
Reasons Why Foot Pain Is So Common In The Winter
During the winter months, feet tend to hurt worse than during the previous warmer months for some of the following reasons.
Wearing unsupportive shoes
During the warmer weather months, we tend to wear sandals and flip-flops more than we probably should. Most flip-flops offer no support and put additional strain on the tendons and muscles with each step you take. Sandals that provide no arch support can tear, inflame, or overstretch your plantar fascia causing pain in the foot that worsens during the winter months.
While the cold weather may be making you shiver on the outside, it may also be wreaking havoc on the inside by causing achy muscles, bones, and joints. The colder temperature can contract the tissues in your joints, which can cause them to tug on the nerve endings, resulting in joint pain. It also tends to escalate foot conditions such as heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and arch pain.
Additional weight not only leads to obesity – it’s connected to an elevated risk of foot pain, which can lead to other problems such as plantar fasciitis. The added weight some of us gain during the holidays puts additional strain on arches, resulting in pain and discomfort during the winter months.
How to Overcome Winter Foot Pain
Here are some of the best tips to overcome winter foot pain.
- Perform foot stretches daily.
- Rest your feet as much as possible.
- Don’t walk barefoot.
- Wear custom orthotics.
- Perform the RICE method, which is rice, ice, compression and elevation.
Remember, foot pain is not normal, regardless of the weather! If you feel that winter foot pain getting in the way of your daily activities, it’s time to visit your podiatrist. Contact the office Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.