Winter Foot Care Tips
When people think about the winter, they think about their cold faces cold hands, but winter can also take a huge toll on people’s feet. With the Polar Vortex still fresh in our minds, we Michigan folk need to stay savvy about how to protect our toes when the snow begins to build. Here are our favorite tips:
Keep the moisture in
During cold winters, the air is incredibly dry. As you’ve most likely noticed on your face on your hands, your skin dries out very easily during this time, and your feet are no exception. Feet can easily get dry, irritated, and calloused, so it is very important to moisturize your feet, and use a pumice stone as necessary to remove excess dead skin (only on dry skin, please!) and keep them from cracking and hurting in the cold.
Choose your shoes wisely
Toes, since they are the furthest point from the heart within the body, tend to have weaker circulation. This makes them extra susceptible to frost bite. With that in mind, make sure you have proper footwear for the winter that insulates properly if you’re expecting to be out in the cold for an extended period of time. Snow getting stuck in the shoes and melting can also make them chill very quickly, so choosing boots that have both a waterproof layer and a high top will ensure that your feet stay dry!
On the other hand, shoes that aren’t breathable and worn for long periods of time can also cause sweating, stinking and potentially, athlete’s foot in the winter. We suggest if you’re wearing heavy-duty shoes for the winter, be sure to loosen them up and let them breathe whenever you’re inside.
You’ve seen our articles regarding the dangers of heels, but in the winter, this is especially important due to the slick ground and uneven conditions outdoors. You may look a little more stylish in some high heels for that winter gala, but it isn’t worth a painful sprained ankle or even worse when you slip on some ice. Heels also almost never properly insulate your feet, which can further exasperate the uncomfortable feeling of having your feet stuffed into a heel in the cold. Besides, you don’t want to get that brand new pair of black heels covered with salt and dirt on their first outing, do you?
These are just a few of our tips for taking care of your feet in the winter. If you have any tips for winter foot care, or recommendations for great shoes, please leave them in the comments below! If you want further tips for foot care in the winter, contact your local podiatrist, and if you’re in the Metro-Detroit Area, please contact Dr. Young in the contact form above this article!
3 Reasons Why We Love Being a Beaumont Hospital Podiatric Surgeon
One of our longest running and most valued partnerships we have is with the Beaumont Health System in Michigan. Beaumont is one of the largest healthcare systems in Michigan, and nearly a household name for anyone in the Metro-Detroit area. We love their dedication to patient care and comfort, and here are the top 5 reasons why we love being a partner with Beaumont:
It is a Nationally Recognized Leader in Medical Care
The Beaumont Hospital receives many accolades yearly for their leadership in the medical field. The U.S. and World Report ranked it as one of the nation’s “Best Hospitals” for 19 consecutive years now, and both Information Week and Health & Hospitals Networks have ranked it as one of the top innovators and technology users in the field.
Full Coverage of the Metro-Detroit Area
With our foot care clinics in both Sterling Heights and Dearborn, we get patients from all over the Metro-Detroit area. With major locations in Troy, Royal Oak, and Grosse Pointe, Beaumont similarly has great coverage of Southeastern Michigan. That means Beaumont can easily refer patients to one of our convenient locations, and vice versa.
Its Focus On Research
Just as we stay updated with the latest foot surgery techniques, such as laser surgery and reconstruction surgery, as does Beaumont. They are well known for putting innovation at the forefront of what they do, so they spend a lot of effort on clinical research. Currently, 430 researchers in 35 departments conduct research with grants from sources like the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the American College of Radiology Imaging.
If you are a Beaumont foot patient that would like to receive surgical advice/performance from Dr. Young, please feel free to contact us from the form at the top of the page.
Heel Pain: The 3 Most Common Causes
Heel pain can seem like an inevitability in today’s active world, but with a few changes in lifestyle, wardrobe, and self-awareness, heel pain can be easily avoided. There are many every day activities that you may not even consider as a culprit in your heel pain, so here are our most common causes for heel pain that may be relevant to you:
- Unsupportive shoes – This is one of the most common sources of heel pain, although it is also the most preventable. Shoes with no support can be very hard on the plantar fascia – the ligament that extends the length of the bottom of the foot. Suspect shoes cause this ligament to be pulled far more than necessary, and the strain on where this ligament meets the heel bone creates a condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can result in extreme pain and discomfort, inflammation, and swelling in the heel area. Unsupportive shoes used in athletics can also lead to stress fractures in the heel after excessive repeated impacts (such as in basketball and skateboarding). Luckily, this cause of heel pain is easily remedied – buy new supportive shoes! As your shoes lose their original shape and feel, you should replace them to minimize the chances of heel stress.
- Sudden Pressure – Suddenly increasing the daily burden on your heels can eventually lead to heel pain and issues. This point is most relevant during exercise – if you choose to perform athletic activities without effectively stretching beforehand, or if you suddenly increase the intensity and frequency of your workouts, you are putting yourself at risk for heel discomfort. In severe cases, improper exercise habits can also lead to problems like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis.
- Weight Gain – on the other end of it, heel problems can form as a result of sudden weight gain – your feet are typically accustomed to a certain body weight, and if that increases greatly, you are also greatly increasing the amount of force that your heels have to withstand every day. Sometimes, good foot health is a factor of good overall health, and this is a perfect example.
Keep these tips in mind in your everyday living, and you’ll avoid being one of the millions of people that suffer heel pain every day. If you have already developed heel pain however, and you live in the Sterling Heights or Dearborn area, please contact Dr. Lawrence Young to treat your heel pain in Southeastern Michigan.