Cold Feet

Prevention and Treatment of Cold Feet

The key to keeping your feet warm in cold weather is to keep your entire body warm.

  •     Dress in layers. Layers insulate your body, helping you retain your “natural” heat and they can be removed as needed if you become too warm.
  •     Wear a hat, preferably one that covers your ears, because body heat escapes through the head.
  •     Wear good, insulating gloves to keep your hands warm and dry.
  •     If you get wet, your body loses heat more rapidly; stay as dry as possible.
  •     If you are in snow, wear an outer layer of water-resistant clothing and wear footwear with water-resistant soles and uppers.
  •     Choose shoes or boots that provide insulation and protection, such as those made from leather and synthetic materials.
  •     Wear padded socks made from insulating materials. These can be blends of wool and man-made fibers.
  •     Use an insert or orthotic that can provide space for the feet to expand and spread, thus promoting good blood flow to help the feet stay warm.
  •     To ensure your feet are optimally protected, IPFH suggests wearing properly selected and fitted, as part of an integrated approach, padded socks with shoes with non-slip outsoles and any inserts or orthotics prescribed or recommended by a doctor or foot health professional.

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