There should be more to the winter walking experience than just walking or running on the treadmill. And while your feet can get cold and damp, it doesn’t have to keep you indoors during the winter months. Protect your feet when walking in the cold weather this winter with these tips from Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC.
Layer your socks. The perfect sock for a cold-weather walk is a moisture-reducing, polypropylene thin sock layered with a thick outer woolen sock. This combination is great for keeping your toes warm and toasty.
Avoid shoes with mesh uppers. Change over to trail shoes or boots that don’t have mesh uppers. Also, steer clear of stiff boots - your footwear should flexible enough for walking, so you don’t experience foot pain or shin splints.
Try toasty toe warmers. Toe warmers are designed to be used one time and deliver soothing heat for up to six hours. The heat is activated when you open the packet - just place them in your shoe above or below your toes and enjoy!
Guard against the rain, snow, and slush. Purchase at least one pair of waterproof shoes. While this typically adds $20 or more to the price, it’s well worth the extra expense.
Step it up. Always start out at an easy-going pace and then kick it up a notch by increasing it. Choose a route that includes an incline when you begin your walk to get your blood moving.
The colder weather doesn’t have to keep you indoors. Follow these tips from Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello, at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC and enjoy the outdoors this winter.
If you are experiencing any issues with your feet or ankles, don’t hesitate to contact us. We serve both New Haven County and Fairfield County areas. You can schedule an appointment by calling our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown location at (203) 270-6724. You can also request an appointment online.