Tips To Keep Your Feet Happy This Fall
1. Boots are must-have footwear in winter climates, especially when dealing with winter precipitation. Between the waterproof material of the boots themselves and the warm socks you wear to keep toes toasty, you may find your feet sweat a lot. Damp, sweaty feet can chill more easily and are more prone to bacterial infections. To keep feet clean and dry, consider using foot powder inside socks and incorporating extra foot baths into your foot care regimen this winter.
2. Be size smart. It may be tempting to buy pricey specialty footwear (like winter boots or ski boots) for kids in a slightly larger size, thinking they'll be able to get two seasons of wear out of them. But unlike coats that kids can grow into, footwear needs to fit properly right away. Properly fitted skates and boots can help prevent blisters, chafing, and ankle or foot injuries. Likewise, if socks are too small, they can force toes to bunch together, and that friction can cause painful blisters or corns.
3. Thicker socks are not necessarily warmer. If a thick sock causes enough pressure on the foot, it could cut off circulation to your toes. If you're serious about a pair of socks, try them on with the shoes you're most likely to wear them with. You should be able to wiggle your toes freely with the sock on your foot and inside the shoe.
4. Avoid Cotton. Not only does cotton get wet with sweat very quickly, but it won't keep in heat when wet. Socks that are able to help manage foot moisture by pulling water vapor away from the skin before it is able to become sweat are the best choice for wet cold weather. Go team Wool!
5. Dry winter air and cold temperatures can take a toll on skin. Moisturize feet daily to help avoid dry, cracked and irritated skin.