Keep Those Toes Warm this Winter!

As the low temperatures settle in this winter many of us will struggle with keeping our toes warm. Keeping your feet comfortable and in top shape is important to your overall health.

The key to keeping your feet warm is keeping them dry, this will prevent many cold feet and toe problems.

Protect your feet from outside moisture by purchasing waterproof boots with proper insulation.  Try a boot made out Gore-Tex or a similar type of fabric, this will block moisture from making its way through the inner shell of the boot. Additionally make sure that your boots are breathable. Allowing your foot’s  perspiration to escape, especially if you are engaging in strenuous activities, is necessary for releasing all moisture.

Choose your socks wisely. Your average every day cotton sock could actually be making your feet colder. Try purchasing socks that are made out of fleece, IsoWool, or other similar types of fabric. Along with warm socks choose outfits of warm clothes. Keeping your core warm can help to warm all your limbs. Its is also been found that warming your hands up  you can often warm up your feet and vica versa.

Eating warm foods is a simple step that can instantly raise your body temperature. Less body energy is required to digest warm foods thus leaving you more energy to stay warm. Though coffee might seem like a smart choice in the winter months, the caffeine actually causes blood vessels in your feet and legs to constrict which allows for less blood to get down to your limbs and warm them.

Staying on top of your regular exercise routine can be a struggle in the winter months. However, staying active is an easy way to promote better circulation to your feet and toes. Just make sure to properly dress your tootsies if you are going out in the cold.

If you missed the opportunity for preventative measures and are already suffering from cold toes give your feet a warm soak in water mixed with a few teaspoons of an aromatherapy oil.

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