As the weather turns colder, feet may develop cracks and thick, dry skin, says noted podiatrist Dr. William Knudson. Foot care tips and tricks that have worked during the summer months may not always apply when feet are exposed to warm socks, central heating and other drying effects.
To counteract these drying effects, Dr. William Knudson advises his patients to follow three simple steps – protect the feet, exfoliate more and moisturize more.
Protect the Feet
As a way to keep feet dry, Dr. Knudson recommends keeping a pair of clean socks handy in case feet get sweaty and hot during the course of the day. Wear socks made of cotton or a cotton blend to prevent moisture from causing significant problems.
Many people let their feet go without a sufficient amount of scrubbing during the winter months. As a result, dry skin and calluses build up and may cause a person to feel ashamed or embarrassed in social situations. Dr. William Knudson recommends his patients spend an extra minute or two exfoliating with a Footscrubber after each shower so that the feet remain soft.
For those individuals who moisturize only a couple times a week, it could be beneficial to change the routine with soothing body and hand lotion, says Dr. William Knudson. After careful analysis and research, Dr. Knudson has determined that 95% Shea Butter Balm or Gilden Tree Hand, Nail & Cuticle Salve are helping in improving the moisture level of the feet. In order to seal in moisture, he recommends using these products as a protective barrier.
Along with normal, everyday habits, winter activities such as shoveling snow, skating and skiing may cause painful and comfortable calluses. In order to prevent these calluses from forming, Dr. William Knudson encourages his patients to use Shea Butter Balm before enjoying any winter activity.