WCH CONNECTFebruary 5, 2019

Keep your feet healthy this winter with tips from the Foot Care Centre

  • February 5, 2019
  • BY Katie Fraser

The wellbeing of our feet is something we often put to the back of our minds until it’s too late – especially in the winter when our feet are not always visible. The Foot Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital wants to help you step in the right direction with healthy, happy feet in any season. Here are some tips to help keep your feet healthy, especially in the cold weather.

1. Be careful when cutting your toenails 
When cutting your toenails, be sure to cut straight across, never at an angle or down the edges, which can lead to ingrown toenails. If you have an ingrown toenail, avoid going to nail salons and see a chiropodist for treatment.

2. Waterproof is key 
To help prevent infections during the winter season, wear boots that are waterproof, adequate width for your foot and warm.

3. Make sure your boots fit 
Boots that are too tight can cause corns from the constant rubbing against your skin. Make sure your winter boots fit properly.

4. Moisturize your skin 
Cold weather means less moisture in the air for your skin and nails. It's important to use a good moisturizer daily, not just when your skin looks like you need it.

5. Keep your footwear dry 
Make sure your boots and shoes are thoroughly dry before wearing them. This will help prevent your feet from getting cold quickly as well as prevent the growth of fungi.

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