The Cold Weather is Here — Cold Feet Socks Available at Podiatry on Yonge @ King

Despite what you might do to keep warm this winter, hands and feet tend to feel the brunt of the extreme cold. Poor circulation to your extremities means that your body can’t always keep your toes and fingers warm while keeping your core nice and toasty.

 

Those with diabetes, circulation problems, or those who just tend to spend a lot of time outdoors in the winter are more likely to experience frostbite (a severe injury of the skin; signs and symptoms include tingling, numbness, changes in the colour and texture of the skin, and loss of feeling altogether, and can result in gangrene if not treated), and other cold-weather ailments, such as chilblains (painful swelling and itching of the skin, usually on the hands and feet when exposed to cold) and frostnip (a milder injury caused by exposing skin to cold weather, characterized by red, numb and tingly skin).

 

There are many things you can do to help avoid these cold weather injuries:

 

  1. Ease up on your caffeine intake — although a hot coffee or tea might seem like the perfect way to keep warm outside, the caffeine constricts blood vessels, leading to a greater chance of experiencing frostnip, chilblains and frostbite on your feet. If you’re craving something warm to keep toasty, have a nice cup of hot soup instead.
  2. Wear proper fitting winter boots (if they’re too tight, they can decrease circulation, leading to cold feet), and wear warm socks. Podiatrist Chris Hastings offers cold feet socks at his downtown Toronto foot clinic to help you keep from suffering these painful cold weather ailments.
  3. Exercise to keep your blood moving. Walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are all great winter activities that can help increase circulation to your feet.

 

If you do suspect that you’ve come down with frostnip, chilblains or frostbite on your feet or hands, get inside as quickly as possible. Slowly rewarm your extremities by soaking them in warm water only (never hot!), for about 10 to 15 minutes. As you’re warming your feet and hands, you will likely feel a tingling, burning sensation — this just means the blood flow is returning. If you’re experiencing increased pain, call your podiatrist for advice.

 

Contact podiatrist Chris Hastings to learn more about the cold feet socks offered at his Toronto foot clinic.

Foot problems

Top Three Foot Problems

While the feet are the foundation of our bodies (we use them to walk, stand, exercise, and get us from A to B, after all), theyre often overlooked when it comes to pain. Many people say their feet that are killing themafter a long day, but they are unaware that many painful foot problems are treatable and preventable with the right knowledge, and the right podiatrist.

 

A podiatrist, is a doctor of podiatric medicine (DPM) who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle and parts of the leg. As a specialist in foot care, a podiatrist not only treats painful foot problems, but also provides advice from how to take care of your feet to what kinds of shoes are best for your foot structure.

 

Experienced Toronto podiatrist, Chris Hastings, treats many clients with foot issues as simple as improper nail care, to conditions that require surgical intervention, such as deformed toes and joints.

 

The most common ailments he sees in his downtown Toronto foot clinic are:

 

Heel Pain/Plantar Faciitis

Plantar Faciitis is the most common source of heel pain, and is caused by inflammation of the bottom of the foot when the Plantar Fasica (the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes) is strained or weakened. Ignoring this pain can lead to chronic foot conditions, but your podiatrist can work with you to develop exercises or a custom orthotic that will alleviate the pain.

 

Corns
Corns form when exposed to pressure and friction, and are characterized by hard, thickened areas on the skin. When they develop on the feet, they can cause pain and discomfort when you walk or wear poor-fitting shoes. Those with bony feet are more likely to develop corns, as the feet lack natural cushioning that would prevent excessive friction. Women tend to develop corns more often than men, as well as people with improper shoe choice, sweaty feet, diabetes, or those with bunions or hammer toes. Corns generally arent serious; your podiatrist may suggest the best shoes for your to wear, corn pads, or in more serious cases, removal.

 

Nail fungus

Toe nail fungus characteristically causes nails to thicken and yellow, and sometimes, become brittle. Nail fungus can be spread in public places, such as gyms or pools, and might even be spread by your pedicurist so be aware of the hygiene practices at your favourite spas. The fungus easily enters damaged nails, so always wear sandals, shoes or flip-flops if youre showering at the gym or using a public pool. Your podiatrist will assess the fungus, and possibly prescribe oral or topical fungus, a washing routine, and in some cases, surgical treatment.

 

If youve ever experienced any of these painful (and sometimes embarrassing) conditions, a podiatrist can help. Contact us now to learn more

 

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