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Now that the clocks have changed and the nights are drawing in, CCS Foot Care Brand Ambassador, expert Podiatrist Dina Gohil (BSc (Hons) MRCPod, HCPC Reg.), shares her 5 top tips for winter footcare to make sure you step into the season with confidence and comfort:
- SOS: Support your sole
Your choice of winter footwear is very important to protect your feet from the elements, as well as give them the structural support they need for good posture and balance. Boots, shoes and trainers for winter will naturally be sturdier than Summer sandals, which is great news for protecting your feet, but can also irritate and rub the skin – especially when you first wear them again. To reduce any friction, make sure you always wear the most appropriate socks (preferably cotton, breathable ones), tights or sports socks. Then for those party nights, the secret to a comfortable heel is ankle support and a little platform for shock absorption.
- Moisturise (yes, every day!)
As we head into Autumn, the colder weather and heavier footwear is a killer combination which can really take a toll on our feet. For many of us, the result is dry, hard skin which can be uncomfortable, painful or itchy. This lack of moisture can even cause the skin to become fragile and break. It’s important that you moisturise your feet every day – try to make it part of your daily skincare regime. Get into a routine – maybe making it part of your wind down or bedtime ritual by massaging a specialist foot care cream into your feet and letting it soak in overnight.
- Step to it…
The benefits of exercise are well known for both physical and mental wellbeing – and it’s particularly important to keep moving over the Winter months. Poor circulation can make us feel cold, sluggish and generally unwell. Any form of movement is good to help improve circulation – try stretching as soon as you get out of bed every day, walk as much as possible during the day (take simple steps, like getting off the bus one stop early or taking the stairs rather than the lift), take regular breaks if you work at a desk to move around – or even dance around the kitchen! All these exercises also help to keep the joints in your feet and ankle supple. If you’re exercising outside, make sure you have waterproof trainers, with ankle support – or at the very least, use a good waterproof spray to stop damp, rain and water coming through.
- Don’t get cold feet (literally!)
When you’re curling up on the sofa in the evening, there’s nothing worse than stone cold feet – for you or your partner! Keep your feet warm by wearing good quality woollen socks like merino or putting a soft, thermal blanket over your feet. While there’s nothing like a long hot bubble bath when it’s freezing outside, be careful of over doing it. Excessively hot water tends to strip your skin of its natural protective oils which can lead to dry skin. Try CCS Warming Foot Cream after a warm bath or shower – it moisturises and softens dry skin and cold feet with a unique, mild warming sensation. It also has a beautiful, fresh spa scent of lavender, juniper and fresh citrus, to review your senses and calm your spirit. It’s a must-have addition to your essential winter wellness kit.
- Stay in touch
Our feet are particularly sensitive to touch as they are not as exposed to the elements as other parts of our body. Foot care creams can be massaged into the feet to soften and smooth the skin as well as creating a relaxing sensation. Work from the heel upwards to the toes. Foot massage improves circulation, stimulates muscles, reduces tension, and often eases pain. It also gives you a chance to check out the condition of your feet – to detect problems such as dry skin, cracked heels, blisters, bunions, corns, and toenail problems such as fungal nail infection or verrucas. If you’re concerned at all, visit your pharmacist or podiatrist for advice and treatment.