The weather is starting to cool off and it’s time to start layering up! While you may be focusing on jackets and scarves, don’t forget about keeping your feet warm. Wool socks are a great option for keeping your feet cozy during these cold winter months. Our specialist for custom orthotics in Bethesda explains more below.
During the winter, it is crucial to keep your feet warm. If you live in an area with extreme cold temperatures, make sure that you have well-fitting insulated boots and warm socks. If you find that your boots and socks don’t keep your feet warm enough, consider getting heated insoles to protect your feet.
Some great options for socks include wool and wool/cotton blends that offer moisture wicking. Wool is great for keeping your feet nice and warm, while the moisture-wicking ensures that your feet stay dry and clean. For boots, check the temperature rating of the insulation and match it to the average temperature in your area during the winter.
The risks of cold feet include frostbite and numbness. Extreme frostbite can lead to damaged nerves in the feet and permanent neuropathy (tingling sensations in the extremities). If you have diabetes and already have neuropathy, it is especially important to care for your feet during the cold months, as it can be more difficult to tell if you are suffering from frostbite. This can lead to loss of nerve function and even possible amputation if not treated immediately. If you have any concerns about peripheral neuropathy or believe that you’re experiencing extreme frostbite, contact our podiatrist as soon as possible.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact The Podiatry Center, with convenient podiatry offices located in Bethesda by calling 301.660.8225 or by clicking here.