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How to have healthy feet this winter

Winter is officially here and there a few things that you can do to keep your feet healthy this winter!

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Footwear

Remember to make sure that you are wearing the correct footwear. In the colder months we are usually wearing more enclosed footwear so making sure that they fit correctly in key.

If your toes are being pushed together or out of position in shoes, then your shoes are too narrow for your feet.  Wearing narrow shoes can cause ingrown toenails, corns and calluses

Try to keep your footwear and socks dry. Damp footwear can increase the risk of skin infections as the moisture creates a perfect breeding ground for an infection to spread.

Moisturise

The winter season also brings dryness, especially for the heel areas. Moisturising daily with a thick moisturiser can help prevent heel fissures and dryness.

Warm Feet are Happy Feet

It is very important to keep your feet warm in the colder months. The drop in temperature can also bring with it extra foot conditions, one of these are Chilblains.

Chilblains are itchy and/or tender red or purple bumps that occur as a reaction to cold. The condition is also known as pernio or perniosis, and is a localised form of vasculitis.

Chilblains are caused due to blood vessel shut-down in cold conditions and humidity. The cold exposure damages capillary beds in the skin, which in turn can cause redness, itching, blisters and inflammation. The cold causes constriction of the small arteries and veins in the skin. When these areas are warmed up again, it can result in leakage of blood into the tissue and swelling of the skin. This “bruising” is called a chilblain.

If you are prone to develop chilblains then you should keep warm in cold weather and avoid excessive exposure to the elements.

Diabetic Patients

Winter months require a little extra foot care for everyone, but diabetics especially need to keep feet healthy. Decreased circulation, dry skin, and spending time exposed to cold and wet conditions put diabetic feet at a higher risk for developing an infection or foot condition.

Regular visits to your podiatrist will keep on top of any problems that may occur. Call Quay Health today to arrange an appointment.

Sam Towers Podiatrist Quay Health Sydney CBD Circular Quay Sam Towers, Podiatrist

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To book a podiatry appointment with Sam Towers call 9252 2825

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Preventing Work-Related Foot Stress

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Custom Orthotics Vs Store Bought

Unlike store bought inserts, custom orthotics are developed professionally with a personalised fit.


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Often, patients experience quicker pain relief and recovery with a custom product for their unique concern. Additionally, materials and in-shoe fit can be determined within your preferred shoes.


Activity levels and body mass are also  taken into account when ordering custom orthotics, as is asymmetry and unusual anatomy. Plus, necessary modifications are also included.

 

There are a number of benefits to ordering custom orthotics, but pain relief is the primary one. Knee and back pain particularly can be greatly improved when orthotic devices are used. 

 

Plus, you’ll be able to perform daily activities like standing and walking with minimal to no complaints of pain.

 

Custom orthotics are also designed to support the spine and help efficiently realign it. Ultimately, the daily use of orthotics helps to reduce symptoms in the long term and may assist in the reduction back pain.

 

Additionally, minor foot deformities such as bunions can be managed by using foot orthotic devices. 

 

Rigid orthotics are used to control the function of the foot and to reduce or altogether eliminate pain in the feet, legs and back. As the name suggests, rigid orthotic devices are made of firm materials such as plastic and are most commonly fitted tightly to the affected region.

 

If you don’t suffer from a medical condition, injury or deformity, you can still use orthotics to help with shock while performing high-impact activities like jogging, walking and running.

 

Ultimately, custom orthotics can help you get a personalised fit, eliminate pain, support your spine, aid foot deformities and improve your active lifestyle. 

 

Sam Towers

Podiatrist

Sam Towers Podiatrist Quay Health Sydney CBD