Here are a few key tips on how to make sure your feet are ‘winter ready.'
1. A daily ritual- Foot bath & moisturise your feet:
Wash your feet with warm water and soap every day. Dry them thoroughly especially between the toes. Apply a moisturiser on your (slightly damp) feet so that the skin stays soft and flexible. Make it a daily ritual so that your skin stays clean and hydrated.
2. Watch out for blisters:
During the peak time of Christmas festivities and New Year celebrations, we tend to use our feet more than usual. This can take a toll on our feet. So be prepared for blisters from shoes that may rub you the wrong way. If you are looking for a quick fix, make a trip to the nearest pharmacy for a well-cushioned blister plaster to help ease the pain. Never pop a blister because it can lead to infections.
3. Take care of your nails:
Do not forget about cutting your toenails regularly. Always cut them straight across and use a file to soften the edges. It’s easy to forget about your toenails when they are nicely tucked away in a pair of warm, cosy socks.
4. Choose proper footwear:
The harsh weather in winter requires one to wear appropriate shoes, opt for shoes that have a ‘deep toe-box,' provide support, and offers protections. If your toes can move freely in shoes without feeling restricted, this qualifies as a good fit. Shoes pick up bacteria and other toxins, be sure to air them out properly.