Looking after your feet in Autumn

September 29, 2021

Autumn is here…which means it’s time to adapt your foot care routine with these top tips from our Podiatry team:

Top tip 1: Pay special attention to your choice of shoes and socks

It’s best to wear socks that are made from natural fibres such as wool or cotton, which warm your feet and allows them to breathe at the same time. As for footwear, we recommend that you choose insulating materials, such as leather, that don’t get damp easily and also allow your feet to breathe.

Top tip 2: Moisturise your feet properly

The cold weather will often cause your feet to dry up. To avoid hardness, flaking, dryness, and cracked heels, we advise you moisturise your feet regularly in the winter.At the clinic, we use a urea-based cream as it keeps your feet moisturised and hydrated. We recommend that you massage the cream into clean, dry feet 1-2 times per day. This can be purchased at reception.

Top tip 3: Wear sport-specific socks when exercising

When practicing sports, we advise you to wear specific sports socks to avoid blisters, chafing, and excessive sweating. Our Podiatrists can advise further on this should you have any questions regarding your particular sport.

Top tip 4: Avoid alcohol and tobacco

These two substances increase dehydration of the skin, which increases the risk of suffering from wounds, blisters, or chilblains during the colder months.

Top tip 5: Ensure good circulation in the feet

This is important for people with both poor and good blood circulation as the cold causes your blood vessels to contract, carrying less blood flow. For this reason, we often recommend massaging your feet after standing for a long time or taking a warm bath to promote good circulation.

This habit is essential after practicing winter sports such as skiing or snowboarding, so make sure you find time to hop in the jacuzzi for a post-slope soak.

Top tip 6: Avoid exposing your feet to direct sources of heat such as a radiator as this could cause chilblains

To warm your feet, we advise you to wear suitable shoes and socks. If your feet are particularly cold after a long autumnal walk in the countryside, try soaking them in warm water, dry them well then hydrate them with a moisturising cream.

Top tip 7: Get into the routine of visiting a Podiatrist at least every six weeks throughout the year

At Hatt’s we like to promote preventative health care. This means not waiting until you have a foot problem to get it sorted. Maintaining your foot health regularly will help prevent any foot problems from arising.

Our expert Podiatry team is here to take care of all your foot health needs and we’re just a phone call away should you need us at 01380 730473.