Keys to choosing winter footwear well
We give you some ideas to take care of the health of the foot in this time of colder.
The change in temperatures between the cold outside and the warmer indoor environment makes it difficult to take care of our feet during the winter. We often tend to shelter them a lot to protect them from the cold winter temperatures, but when they enter work, at home or at school, the increase of the degree and the foot starts to sweat. And what happens then? Well, we are creating the best environment for bacteria and the spread of fungi: wet, dark, and hot. And not only that. When going out to the street again this sweat already cold can be the cause of the foot to cool very quickly and, with it, the whole body.
On the other hand, as in summer we are used to pampering this part of the body more, mainly because we take it to the air and we like it to look good, the truth is that in winter we tend to forget about its care and disregard it completely. As a result, signs such as dehydration, nail problems, and even cracks appear.
Choose socks well
Before thinking about what footwear is the most appropriate. Pay attention to the socks, since after all they are the ones directly contact with our feet. It is convenient to choose them from a natural fabric, such as cotton or wool, which are able to absorb moisture and keep it away from the skin, keeping it dry. However, synthetic fabrics favor sweating and retain them.
Tips for choosing winter footwear
Dr. Daniel Mayral Esteban, a podiatrist at the Teknon Medical Center, offers these tips to succeed with winter footwear.
- Sole. It must be flexible, non-slip, and must provide stability during walking. In addition, it must be thick enough to cushion the impact of the tread.
- Material. The best is leather because it is breathable.
- Avoid internal seams.
- Heel. It is suggested that you do not exceed 2 cm in height.
- Laces. It is preferable that the shoe has laces to hold the footwell.
- Design. If their use is needed, they must be removable so that they can be properly aerated when they get home, when we take off their shoes.
- Comfort. Do not get carried away by fashions that are often uncomfortable and harmful to the health of the foot.
- Ask the doctor for advice.
- Finally, when choosing the size, the ideal is that there is enough space to move the toes, at the same time that the ankle and the floor remain well held.