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By Brian Cragg
March 19, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters   spring makeover   toenails   dry skin   sandals  

Spring Makeover for Your FeetSpring is on the way—are your feet ready?  Winter boots are great for the cold and snow, but they can leave your feet looking for a breath of fresh air!  How can you get your feet ready for their spring debut?

If your feet have spent most of the winter enveloped in wool socks and warm footwear, they may need some extra attention.  Cold weather can be drying to the body—including the feet.  Take some time to carefully trim your toenails straight across, use a pumice stone to rub away dry skin, and moisturize your feet with a hydrating lotion. 

Next, have your own shoe fashion show.  Dig out all of your spring favourites, and try them on for size.  You may find that your feet have grown, so don’t be afraid to donate pairs that no longer fit.  Also, take note of any shoes that slip on the heel, or seem to be rubbing your feet.  You can prevent blisters, calluses, and corns by being proactive.  Use shoe pads to decrease slip and Band-Aids to protect your skin against friction.

As you make the transition to fun flats and sandals, give your feet a break.  These types of shoes affect the feet differently than winter footwear.  If your feet feel tired at the end of the day, soak them in warm water.  Adding Epson salts, or essential oils can add to the relaxation process.  Massaging the feet with lotion in a circular motion can also give the feet a little extra TLC during this time.

Foot pain should never take the spring out of your step.  Chiropodist Brian Cragg understands your foot health needs.  Call the friendly staff at Markham Foot Care Clinic today at (905)294-8087.  You can also schedule an appointment online.

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By Brian Cragg
December 13, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   Dry Feet   frostbite   jack frost   cold feet   foor pain  

Protect your feet from frostbitePicture the season’s first real snowfall – throwing on your coat and boots with the exuberance of a child and taking your first steps in the snow. The crunch beneath your feet, the glint of the sun as it makes the snow sparkle like diamonds – it’s wintertime! We marvel at the wonderland around us, but it’s important to remember to keep your feet warm during the winter.

Keeping your feet dry is key to keeping them warm. Wet feet very quickly become cold feet, which can lead to serious issues like frostbite. Having dry feet begins with choosing the right pair of socks. Look for thick fleece or wool socks as opposed to cotton. These fabrics are far more waterproof than cotton and will do more to keep your feet nice and toasty.

It’s important that you choose the right kind of boots for your needs. They should be comfortable, waterproof, and spacious enough for your toes to wiggle inside of them. If you’re prone to particularly cold feet, consider investing in some packs of warmers. They heat up quickly and last for hours.

For those with diabetes, keeping your feet warm is especially important. The poor circulation associated with diabetes keeps an adequate flow of blood from reaching your feet, making them cold. That, coupled with the harsh elements, is a recipe for disaster. You should not only bundle up your feet when you go outside, but also wear warm socks and slippers when inside.

We all want to enjoy the winter fun, but it should never be at the cost of your health. If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your feet warm during the winter, give the Markham Foot Care Clinic a call at (905) 294-8087 to set up an appointment.

By Brian Cragg
January 27, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Dry Feet   Dry Heels  

Caring for your skin is much more  difficult during the winter months. Our skin dries out so much easier because of the cold and the absence of humidity. Our heels are especially vulnerable to drying and cracking. This can lead to pain while walking, running, and other everyday activities. It doesn't have to be this way, there are things you can do to prevent heel cracking and dryness.

Before doing anything, soak your feet in warm water. If you have a foot soaking salt, soap or baking soda, it's a good idea to add them to the water. Just having something in there like soap will help make your heels softer.

Soak for around 15 minutes. After your soak, use a pumice stone to rub off the dead skin on your heels. Be careful not to use the stone in areas that do not have dry skin, the stone can be rough and cause pain in areas that do not have dry skin. Wash feet to remove any dry skin left over on the feet.

Use Vaseline on cracked parts of the feet before going to bed and put socks on overtop to lock in moisture (and to keep your sheets from being covered in Vaseline).  There are also special lotions designed specifically for feet that have a thicker consistency than regular lotions. These may help cracked heels as well.

If chronic dry/cracked heels persist, it may be necessary to schedule an appointment at the Markham Foot Care Clinic with Brian Cragg.