At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we know that taking good care of your feet is a year-round endeavor. However, the winter months in Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage counties can present some additional challenges, especially for our senior patients.
Podiatric Health Tips to Help You Get Through This Season
- Avoid falls—for seniors, falls are the number one cause of injury at any time of the year. Add some slippery ice, slush and snow and the risk climbs higher. Be sure you’re wearing shoes with non-slip treads and wide, low heels when going out in wintry weather. Watch where you’re going and choose a path that looks cleared and salted. Consider carrying a small zipper closed plastic bag of salt or cat litter in your bag or car and sprinkle in front of for extra traction.
- Keep feet warm and dry—if you have circulation problems you know how easy it is for feet and toes to get cold. If you suffer from neuropathy due to diabetes or another condition, it can be difficult to accurately perceive how cold your feet are. Use warm socks during the day and to sleep in. Make sure, however, that your feet don’t get overheated and stuck in sweaty socks for long periods of time. This can increase the risk of athlete’s foot and other fungal infections. It’s best to keep a spare pair of socks with you to change into if you notice your feet are feeling damp.
- Moisturize daily—dry air and heat can lead to red, itchy and flaky skin. In the worst cases, painful cracks can form in the heels. Apply a good quality lotion or cream to your feet each night before bed. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
- Don’t ignore foot or ankle pain—this is sound advice for any time of the year. If your feet are bothering you, make an appointment our offices in Bannockburn, Orland Park, Roselle or any of our other 16 conveniently located offices by calling: 847-390-7666 so that our podiatrists can examine your feet and promptly treat any podiatric problems.