Wondering why your feet are in pain this winter? Ice and snow can lead to more falls and ankle injuries. But did you know that dropping temperatures can increase discomfort in your feet? Let’s take a look at why foot pain is so common during the winter and what you can do about it!
Why It’s Happening
There are a handful of reasons why your feet are uncomfortable this January. Here are the most common ways winter can get the best of our feet:
- Freezing temperatures cause tissues and muscles in our joints to tighten. The tissues contract and pull on our nerve endings, resulting in joint pain.
- Cold weather leads to reduced blood flow, which makes it easier for arthritis flares to show up.
- It’s easy for our socks and shoes to get wet during the cool winter months. If you’re not wearing proper footwear, snow can seep through your shoes (especially if they have mesh) and result in cold feet. If you’re layering up with thick socks, your feet are more likely to get sweaty. Trapped moisture can leave you with a fungal infection.
- When it’s chilly outside, people are more inclined to stay inside for warmth. Most of us ditch our shoes and boots for slippers and socks, which may be a cozier option, but it doesn’t provide much support or protection. Not only that, but it can put unnecessary pressure on your heels. If you’re not careful, this can lead to plantar fasciitis.
- Have Raynaud’s disease? The cold can get the best of your condition if you don’t take precautions.
What You Can Do About It
The good news is you don’t have to live with cold, painful feet! Relief can be found. Keep in mind these five tips to keep your feet healthy and comfortable all winter long:
- Wear supportive, well-fitting, protective shoes and boots
- Stay active to keep your blood circulating and your muscles strong
- Keep your weight in mind, as it can put extra stress on your feet
- Layer up! Wear hats, scarves, socks, boots, and gloves whenever you go outside
Concerned about your foot pain? Call our office today and ask about it. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.