While many people work outdoors, including postal workers and delivery drivers, police and fire personnel, landscapers other jobs, there are also many people who head outside to exercise. Spending long periods of time outdoors when the weather is cold can lead to a serious foot condition – Raynaud’s Phenomenon; a vascular disorder that can cause discoloration of the fingers and toes, with a chronic sensation of coldness.
Working or exercising in cold weather can lead to cold feet and toes due to more than the temperature outside. As a response to cold weather, the small blood vessels in the extremities constrict, causing poor blood flow and leading to cold toes. If the condition progresses over time, that is when Raynaud’s may develop.
How to keep your toes warm
When you are working or exercising outside in cold weather, there are a few simple things you can do to keep your feet and toes nice and toasty.
- Wear moisture wicking socks, which will keep your perspiration away from your skin. One of our favorites are the Juzo Silver Sole socks.
- Wear well-fitted shoes. Shoes that fit too tightly can inhibit circulation and may lead to blisters, calluses, and pinched nerves in your feet.
- Moisturize dry or cracked feet with creams rich in vitamins A & E. You can read more here on how to best moisturize your feet.
- Keep feet clean and dry before outdoor activity.
- Examine your feet regularly for signs of discoloration, blisters, or calluses.
Visit your Seattle podiatrist if you experience cold feet
If you find evidence of over-exposure to cold temperatures on your feet, such as redness, swelling, or open sores, make an appointment with your Seattle podiatrist immediately at the Foot & Ankle Center of Washington.
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