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Posts for: February, 2016

Are Your Feet Always Cold, Especially in the Winter?

 

One of the least expensive ways to take care of your feet in the Winter is to wear warm shoes and boots with insulation in them and warm socks.

Sock liners are extremely inexpensive and are a great way to add more insulation to your feet when it’s cold outside. A sock liner is a very thin polyester sock that goes under your other thicker or regular socks you’re using. Think of it as a T-shirt under regular coat under your Winter coat.

When we see people with “Cold” feet or “PAD”  (Peripheral Arterial Disease)., we always strongly suggest a few pairs of sock liners. Preventing cold damage, frost bite, caring for your feet and putting them in your Winter Survival Kit are all good reasons to use sock liners every day during the Winter.

If you have cold feet or PAD Contact Us today at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic or go online to Appointment Request to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS

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Cotton Socks: Good or Bad?
 
Most of the time people spend time finding the perfect shoe.  What they don't realize is they should also take the time to find the perfect socks.  Finding the perfect socks can help reduce:
  • blisters
  • ball of foot pain
  • toenail problems
  • toenail discomfort
  • foot fungus
  • foot odor
 
At one time it was thought that cotton was the best choice in materials for socks.  This is no longer true.  Cotton socks can cause blisters, because of the friction of the material against the foot.  It also holds in moisture.  This can lead to fungus and bacterial infections.  Cotton also doesn't hold its shape.  After washing it can become stretched out and become abrasive.
 
Synthetic fibers are best in warmer weather .  They keep moisture away better than cotton.  They can dry quicker and they keep your feet cooler.  Some synthetic fibers include Acrylic, Teflon, and CoolMax.  Most synthetic fiber socks are more expensive than cotton, but in the long run can save you money, because they hold their shape more and last longer than cotton.
 
Wool socks are best for cooler weather.  They keep your feet warm.  They can repel water.  They also wick up to 1/3 of their weight in water vapor before they feel wet.
 
It is also important to buy the right socks for exercising.  Make sure they fit well while wearing your shoes.  They shouldn't cause blisters or fungus.  They should also keep your feet dry and well cushioned.
 
It you are having trouble finding socks or have issues with blisters, foot fungus, odor, or any of the issues above Contact Us at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic today to request an Appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS