Winter foot care probably doesn’t top the list when you think about how to show love, but we believe it should. Given that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, it’s time to consider how you are going to show those special people in your life that you love them. Perhaps you are planning on taking your sweetie to a fine dining experience at Peche’ or TRIO. Maybe you will hit the Austin, TX, dance floors to try and spark a little romance. If you really care, though, you should give the gift of healthy feet!
The romantic gurus that we are know that the surest way to win over someone’s heart is through the feet. (How else could your beloved stand or walk?!) Foot care is an essential component of you and your loved one’s overall health, even more so if either of you live with diabetes. It’s easy to lose sight of this in the colder months, when your feet spend all the time covered in socks and shoes and boots, but foot health should be a yearlong concern. Win over your loved one’s affections with these winter foot care tips:
- Keep feet clean and dry. Microbial growths—fungus, bacteria—thrive in dark, warm, and damp environments, which describe the spaces between toes when feet are wet. Pick up some foot balm for you and your valentine that will help keep your feet warm and comfortable.
- Exfoliate dead skin. Wet skin is bad, but so is skin that is overly-dry. When the skin on your feet becomes excessively dry, it can lead to cracking and discomfort. Instead of getting to that point, use an electric at-home exfoliation file (you can find them online or in drugstores). This can also be a great Valentine’s Day gift for your main squeeze.
- Check your feet daily. It’s important to catch sores, cuts, and cracked heels early, so inspect your feet every night before you go to bed. While doing this, you can also take the opportunity to massage your hard-working feet. Better yet, massage your sweetie’s!
Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are more than just romantic gurus – we are Austin’s leading podiatric experts. If you want additional winter foot care tips or need effective treatment for any foot or ankle problem, contact our office by calling (512) 328-8900 or using our online form today.
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