Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Foot Care Means Bundling Up Your Feet

 Are you curious about how people lived in eras of the past? If so, Homestead Heritage Day is an event for you. Happening February 8, 2014 in Humble, TX this family-friendly festival will show you the arts of blacksmithing, candle dipping, weaving, and weaponry. A re-enactment of a Civil war skirmish will give you a glimpse into the 1800s in Texas. If the forecast is going to be cool, be sure to bundle up from head to toe.

There are certainly days that get downright chilly in Houston, TX. On days like this, or if you like to venture out to snow-laden areas for winter fun, there are a few foot care tips to keep your feet warm and safe. Cold, wet feet are uncomfortable and vulnerable to injuries such as frostbite. Whether walking around an event such as this, or playing somewhere in the snow, start with a pair of shoes that are not breathable. Avoid materials such as mesh and opt for full leather shoes or boots. Gore-Tex is another material to look for that will provide waterproofing.

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Socks are the next important piece and can make or break a day outdoors. Bundle up your feet with a two-layer approach. First, wear a thin moisture-wicking sock, then cover it with a wool sock. Wool is a great insulator to keep feet warm and cushioned. Make sure you buy a pair of shoes that can accommodate for these two layers without being too tight – you don’t want your circulation compromised. Toe warmers are little single-use inserts that you can put above or below your toes. They usually last up to six hours, but their use is not encouraged if you have diabetes or a similar underlying condition.

If your winter activities are being hindered by foot pain, contact Houston Foot Specialists for help. We can identify the root of your problem and provide the treatment you need to get back to enjoying life! Call Dr. Jeff Bowman at (713) 467-8886 to make an appointment at our office in Houston, TX.

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