Baby it’s Cold Outside!

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BABY ITS COLD OUTSIDE

It’s getting to be that time of year in Central Florida.  As the winter days can get shorter, the air gets a little colder- and so do our feet.  In Florida the weather swings from hot flip-flop days to cold boot days in just 24 hours.  Whether you stay inside or go outside, our toes and feet often feel the effects of cool temperatures. It can be serous for people with circulation problems such as Raynaud’s syndrome or diabetics.  Raynaud’s is excessively reduced blood flow in response to cold or emotional stress, causing discoloration of the fingers, toes, and occasionally other areas.   Here are some tips for keeping your toes toasty this winter.

Tip #1: Pick the right socks

socksFirst, start with warms socks. It’s not a good idea to wear plain cotton socks since they do not wick away moisture. They add to feet getting sweaty and help cause blisters. Some options are Drymax or SmartWool socks.

Tip #2: Wear sturdy shoes

Leather shoes protect feet from the cold better.

Tip #3: Dry feet are warm feet.

Think about it: the whole purpose of sweating is to keep us cool during the summer months.  Feet still perspire even in cold weather and get athlete’s foot. Clean and dry your feet thoroughly each day. Feet become drier than usual, and start to crack. To avoid the cracking and dryness keep feet   moisturized.

Tip#4: Drink plenty of fluids.

Tip #5:  Keep feet away from heat

fireIf your feet get cold Do NOT put them in HOT water, near a flame (such as a fireplace) or cover with   heating pads, hot water bottles or electric blankets. You can burn your feet without knowing it.

Tip #6: Get the blood flowing before going outside

Before heading out into the cold, exercise your feet for a couple of minutes to avoid joint pain. Move feet in a circular motion. Do some leg lifts.

This year aim to keep your feet in great condition so that you can enjoy the gorgeous Florida weather every day.

At the Gentle Foot Care Center we wish you healthy warm feet.

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Dr. Olga Garcia Luepschen and the Gentle Foot Care Center are located on US 27. For more information call 863-381-4869 or visit www. Gentlefootcarecenter.com

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