Some conditions that can cause podiatric problems include winter weather, indoor heat, and long hours on your feet. Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County share how you can avoid winter foot and ankle problems with some simple precautions and basic care.
Wear proper footwear. The risk for fractures, ankle sprains, and other injuries can be significantly reduced by wearing shoes with a non-slip tread and a wide, low heel. Save your high heels for short stints at festive parties and functions by waiting to change into them when you arrive at your destination.
Keep your feet dry. While many people associate fungal infections like fungal toenails and athlete's foot with the warmer summer months, we treat many cases of these issues during the winter months. This is because fungi thrive in moist, warm, dark places, like the inside of your shoes. The extra heat in your mall, office, home, and car can mean extended hours in sweaty socks. Change your socks as soon as they begin to feel damp and apply a foot powder each morning to absorb sweat throughout the day and alternate your shoes whenever possible.
Practice salon safety. A professional pedicure not only feels relaxing on tired and cold feet – but it also makes toes more attractive when wearing holiday shoes. But be sure to only visit a state-licensed salon and follow proper sanitizing rules for cleaning foot baths and tools to avoid infections.
If you experience any winter foot problems, don’t hesitate to contact the office of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield to schedule an appointment. You can reach our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown office at (203) 270-6724.