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ShoeshoesAre you a walker looking for a great winter alternative?  Is your family looking for an activity that everyone can enjoy?  Snowshoeing may be the answer, and its health benefits are an added bonus!  

Snowshoeing provides a good cardio workout while strengthening the legs and upper body. It burns about 450 calories per hour for someone weighing around 150 lbs who is snowshoeing on flat, packed snow.  Snow conditions and terrain contribute to the intensity of the workout, so powder on hillier trails will burn even more calories.  

As with any winter activity, keep your feet warm and dry to avoid frostbite.  Wearing layers, even on your feet, is important.  Choose synthetic and wool socks instead of cotton.  Also, water-proof shoes will insure comfort on the trails.  Don’t ignore signs of frostbite such as itching, tingling, or numbness, and know what to do if these symptoms occur. Listen to your feet, and contact Brian Cragg to address any concerns.

The Markham Museum hosts Family Snowshoe Days and Snowshoe Fun for Children (registration required.)  These two hour sessions include a review of snowshoeing basics, and an opportunity to play games, and explore the museum grounds.  There are many snowshoeing trails in Ontario, so take advantage of the opportunity to view the beautiful winter scenery, and get a great workout at the same time.

Contact Chiropodist, Brian Cragg to insure that your feet are in top shape for snowshoeing and other winter activities.  Call Markham Foot Care Clinic at (905) 294-8087 to set an appointment today, or visit our website and click on “Appointment Request.”

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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.