• How to Keep Feet Warm This Holiday Season

    by Dr. LaMour
    on Nov 26th, 2014

Keeping your extremities warm in chilly winter weather isn’t always easy. Cold feet are to be expected during the winter months, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors. But there are some simple rules to follow if you want to keep your toes toasty this winter.

Dry Feet = Warm Feet

The first rule to keeping your feet warm in winter is keeping them dry and safeguarded from moisture and wetness in the outside environment. A wet foot is usually the main reason that causes people to suffer from frozen feet in winter. Invest in a pair of waterproof shoes or boots to help keep your feet and toes dry.

Breathable Footwear

A shoes that ‘breathes’ is one that allows inside moisture to evaporate through the shoe, while still protecting the foot from exterior moisture like rain and puddles. A breathable shoe is a key weapon in keeping your feet dry, especially if you engage in outdoor activities or sports like hunting, jogging, and hiking. Most breathable shoes are composed of waterproof fabrics like Gore-Tex. These fabrics have very tiny pores that allow perspiration or sweat to escape from the inside, but prevent water droplets from entering the shoe. Shearling-lined boots (like Uggs) are composed of a naturally breathable fleece that also repels water that may enter the boot from the outside.

Kick the Cotton

If you always wear cotton socks in hot and colder weather, you could be doing yourself – and your feet – an injustice. Cotton socks aren’t the best choice for colder winter months since they have offer little insulation and can contribute to heat loss. Cotton socks also absorb and hold moisture – which means your foot will feel colder since it’s wet. Instead of cotton socks, choose a sock made of fleece or wool for winter weather. These materials offer more insulation for cold feet and are also breathable, which prevents moisture buildup.

Sock Liners

When it comes to winter footwear, sock liners are often a forgotten weapon in the battle against the cold outdoors. Sock liners serve a dual-purpose: they add a small amount of extra insulation and prevent precious warmth from escaping. They also transfer sweat or moisture from the foot to the exterior sock being worn. In the meantime, the liner itself stays perfectly dry. And as we already know, a dry foot means a warm foot!

Toe Warmers

Toe warmers are footwear inserts that are designed for one-time use. They are generally placed in the shoes above or below the toes, and can provide gentle heat for up to six hours. Very popular with hunters, long-range hikers, and for any time you will be spending a significant time outside in colder weather (e.g., tailgating, football games, etc.). Most toe warmers are thin enough to wear with your regular socks and shoes, but if your shoes fit too snugly, you may have to wear a thinner sock. People with diabetes are cautioned against using toe warmers or other foot-heating devices, since they may not be able to feel if their feet become overheated or at risk for burns.

If you frequently experience cold feet or if your feet are extremely sensitive to cold, this could be a sign of Raynaud’s disease, a blood vessel disorder. Schedule an appointment with us to be sure your feet are in healthy condition.

Original Source: http://www.drjefflamour.com/foot-care/how-to-keep-feet-warm-this-holiday-season/

Author Dr. LaMour

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