Avoid Frostbite and Protect Your Feet in Winter

January 18, 2016
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When winter temperatures begin to plummet, our exposed skin can become red or sore. You might be surprised to know that redness or soreness is one of the first signs of frostbite, and you should consider it your cue to get indoors.

In Tennessee and Georgia, one of the biggest risk factors for frostbite occurs when we find ourselves unexpectedly stranded in the elements. If we’re driving in cold weather and the car suddenly breaks down, it’s important to be prepared to stay warm and dry. Especially after dark, temperatures and wind chill can quickly put us in danger.

Here are some of the precautions you can keep in mind to avoid frostbite and protect your feet in winter:

  • Dress in loose layers. Layer one should be made of a material that helps keep you dry. Layer two goes over the first and should be made of an insulator, such as wool or fleece. The final third layer should be worn on top and be wind-resistant and waterproof.
  • Feet are especially vulnerable to frostbite. Layer a pair of wool socks over a thinner pair that is designed to resist moisture. Wear warm and waterproof boots that cover your ankles. Make sure that snow won’t leak into your boots or shoes.
  • Children are particularly vulnerable to frostbite and often won’t quit playing when their feet get wet. It’s important to pay close attention to your kids and check for wet feet, because even the moisture from sweat can lead to frostbitten toes or feet.
  • If you suspect frostbite, get indoors and don’t rub the skin. Soak the feet in warm water no hotter than 107 degrees Fahrenheit.

This winter, make proper foot care a priority in your life. The friendly professionals at Advanced Foot Care Centers are here to help you take the best possible care of your feet to protect your health and vitality.

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