The birds start chirping, the flowers begin to bloom, and soon it will be sandal season. The cool, dry winter weather can take a toll on feet. Since they’re always covered, feet are often neglected during the harsh months of winter. This neglect leads to dry, cracked heels, corns, and calluses. With a good springtime foot care routine, anyone can be ready for summer in no time.
Restore Winter-weary Feet
- Soak: Once a week, soak feet in warm water for 15 minutes. Add a few drops of shower gel and relax. This moistens skin and softens callouses, making exfoliating easier and more effective.
- Exfoliate: After soaking feet, dry them completely. Use a pumice stone to gently scrub the rough areas on the bottom of the foot, paying special attention to the heels and callouses. This exfoliates the foot, removes dead skin, and makes feet feel softer.
- Moisturize: Once exfoliation is done, it’s time to moisturize. Massage the foot while applying a moisturizing foot cream. Rubbing increases circulation while the lotion helps keep skin hydrated and healthy.
- Trim: Trim toe nails regularly and cut them straight across. This helps prevents ingrown toe nails, which can also lead to painful infections.
Keep An Eye Out For Foot Issues
After a long winter, stuffed away in dark socks and boots, feet sometimes need extra attention due to issues that arose. If any of these issues are experienced, it’s recommended to speak to a podiatrist in Houston, TX.
- Ingrown toenails: Due to the tightness of boots and wearing shoes more often, many people experience ingrown toenails during the winter and spring. This occurs when nails are not cut straight or there is pressure on the toe and nail due to ill-fitting shoes.
- Plantar warts: Plantar warts thrive in dark, moist areas and therefore there’s often an increase during the late winter and spring.
- Calluses and corns: From slipping around in boots, more calluses and corns form on feet. When these conditions get severe, they may need professional intervention.
- Athlete’s Foot: If this fungal infection is present before winter, chances are it’s worse by spring since feet have not been given the opportunity to air out. A podiatrist can help ease the pain, itching, and burning associated with the infection.
Need Help Getting Feet In Top Condition? Contact Dr. Maislos
For more information on podiatry issues, contact Dr. Maislos to set up an appointment. The Houston Podiatrist office number is (713) 541-3199.