Cold Weather Foot Care Tips
Christmas is almost here and the cold weather has finally descended on Tennessee! Some are even prediciting snow (and hoping for it!) on Christmas Day. Whether you are out and about enjoying the holidays or hibernating at home, we have a few tips you should keep in mind as far as foot care as the weather grows colder.
1. Wear footwear the provides both warmth and insulation from windy, wet conditions. People who have poor circulation, like the elderly and diabetic patients, should be especially careful about this and need to keep their feet (and other extremities) warm and dry at all times. If you have poor circulation, you are more likely to develop frostbite, chilblains, and other problems, so keep that in mind!
2. Wear shoes that provide plenty of traction. The cold temperatures we will be dipping into soon mean ice will be developing in Tennessee. Be cautious when walking outdoors and watch out for icy patches! Icy falls can be extremely dangerous, and you don't want a sprain or even worse, a break! Wearing shoes with traction will help, but try to avoid walking in areas that may be icy and don't take any unecassary chances.
3. Know the signs of frostbite. Just because our Tennessee winters are fairly mild doesn't mean frostbite can't develop. If you are exposed to the winter elements for too long, and especially if you are diabetic or elderly with poor circulation, frostbite can occur. Don't underestimate the cold. Our winters are usually not terrible, but always check the weather before going out and bundle up accordingly. In other words, be prepared.
It is always best to address any problems you notice as soon as possible and have injuries treated in a timely manner. We hope you have a safe and healthy winter season, but if you do run any into problems with your feet and ankles, contact our office online or at (615) 220-8788!
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