Chilly Weather and Your Feet

By Dr. Howard Schaengold
December 05, 2013
Category: Cold Weather


Chilly Weather and Your FeetIt’s that time of year when family parties, shopping, and gala celebrations fill our calendars. The festive holiday season officially kicks off with the Holiday Lighting event in Sammamish on December 6th from 6 to 9 PM. Come to City Hall to view several vehicles decked out in their holiday finery, including the Reindeer Truck, while students from local schools provide the musical background for the evening.

Gather with your family and friends and enjoy the celebration, but be sure you come prepared. Freezing toes and numb feet can mar even the most delightful event. Here are some tips to make sure you have warm feet throughout the evening.

Start with your socks. Wear a thin pair that wicks moisture away from your foot (not cotton, which holds the moisture it absorbs). Top that with a thicker pair that insulates you from the cold. Another option is commercial toe warmers that are activated when you open the plastic package. They provide heat for up to six hours.

Now, select your shoes. The best choice is something leather that’s waterproof. Better yet, consider a shoe with gortex. Just make sure that your shoes have plenty of room for all the extra layers you are using. If they are too tight, it defeats the purpose.

Finally, keep walking! Good circulation keeps your feet warmer, so keep wiggling those toes and step up the pace if they start feeling chilly.

The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic staff wants you to enjoy the holiday season free of foot pain. If you have problems or need advice on footwear, call Dr. Howard Schaengold at (425) 868-3338 for great foot care in the Sammamish, Issaquah, Bellevue, and Redmond areas.

Photo credit: debsch

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