It might be sunshine and sandals now, but back-to-school and shorter days are just around the corner.
What does that mean for your feet? You might be surprised to know that there’s a number of things you can do to take great care of your feet this fall, especially if you suffer from a condition like plantar fasciitis or diabetes–or both.
Cooler weather means doesn’t have to mean additional aches and pains. In fact, with these seven foot care tips you might just have your most enjoyable autumn yet!
Tip #1: Keep them moisturized
As cooler weather approaches, you may want to consider switching to an oil-based moisturizing lotion to make sure your feet are staying properly moisturized. Dry feet can lead to cracking, pain, and infections. This will also keep your feet touchably soft! Moisturize your feet in the evenings before bed, or in the morning after you shower–but make sure to give your feet enough time to absorb the moisturizer!
Tip #2: Give them breathing room
When the days get cooler, many of us jump to make the switch to heavier shoes that don’t allow our feet to breathe. Give the skin on your feet adequate time outside of heavy, enclosing shoes to avoid stinky feet! Avoid wearing shoes made of synthetic materials whenever possible, since natural materials (like leather and suede) will allow more air circulation!
Tip #3: Pay attention to your toes!
This is the spot where infections and odor are most likely to develop during the autumn and winter. Whether it’s from puddles, the elements, or unexpected spikes in temperature that cause your feet to sweat in closed-toe shoes, moisture that collects between the toes can easily lead to problems. Make sure to change shoes quickly if your feet get wet or sweaty, and don’t wear your socks for more than one day in a row.
Tip #4: Take caution with heated blankets, water bottles, and pads
This tip is especially applicable for those with diabetes. Neuropathy, which is often present in diabetes, means you’ll have decreased sensitivity to heat–which could mean burns. Even if you don’t suffer from diabetes, make sure you take extra care if using heating pads or blankets at night, and turn these devices off before you go to sleep.
Tip #5: Don’t forget your nails!
The nails on your feet can easily be neglected during the fall, when feet are covered up most of the time. However, failing to maintain neat, short nails on the toes can lead to ingrown toenails, chipped or broken nails, infections from moisture or bacteria underneath the toenails, or discomfort as your shoes don’t fit quite like they’re supposed to because of long nails!
Tip #6: Support your feet
If you have plantar fasciitis, supporting your feet and heels as you switch from summer shoes to fall shoes is a smart move. With orthotic inserts, it doesn’t matter how many pairs of boots or autumn shoes you own. The inserts can be easily switched from one pair of shoes to another, keeping your feet snug and supported.
Tip #7: Inspect your feet regularly
Cooler days mean more enclosed feet–which typically means you’ll see less of your feet. Don’t forget to inspect your feet regularly to check for signs of cracking, dryness, redness, and odor. It can be all too easy to neglect our feet until a moderate to severe problem is brewing. Check often–twice daily if you suffer from diabetes–and nip problems in the bud early!
This fall, spend your time worrying about how many Oktoberfest gatherings you can fit into your schedule–not foot pain!