During the winter, it can sometimes be a challenge to get outdoors and exercise. Although it is not impossible, it is important to take the proper precautions before getting out into the frigid winter weather. Having the proper gear and knowing how to keep your feet dry and warm is key when snowshoeing, hiking, or taking part in any other winter sports. If you neglect the care of your feet in winter, they can suffer from frostbite or hypothermia.
Waterproof or Water-Resistant Shoes and Footwear
If you are going to be hiking in snow, you don't want to wear shoes or boots that can easily allow water and moisture in. Look for footwear marked waterproof or water resistant. In general, shoes that have a rubber coating or a synthetic waterproof coating usually work well to block out moisture. Pair them with dry-fit socks for the best performance possible.
Warm, Waterproof or Layered Socks
In the winter you typically want to wear warmer. If you do not have a lot of warm socks, doubling up your thinner socks can be a great way to keep your feet dry. Also, invest in dry-fit socks as they help wick away extra moisture in a shoe. Excess moisture leads to fungus, frostbite, and blisters.
Boots with Insulation
Unlike a standard boot, winter boots have an extra layer of insulation built into them. Insulated boots are designed to keep your feet dry and warm. Many boots have a tag that references the level of insulation they support. In some of the higher end boots, insulation levels can warm feet in weather conditions as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Waterproof or water-resistant gaiters help keep your feet dry by stopping snow and water from getting into your boots and soaking your socks. This is especially important when walking through deep snow. Gaiters work well if you don't want to wear snow pants but need an extra layer to keep your feet and lower legs dry.
It can be very enjoyable to partake in winter activities, but it is imperative that you do so in a safe manner. Protect your feet from the cold and harsh weather and prevent serious injuries and disorders such as frostbite. If you have numb feet, blackening skin or any other signs of frostbite after being out in the cold, wet winter, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There podiatrists Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto will examine your feet and determine whether or not your feet are suffering from different cold weather disorders. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.