Even though our feet are hidden away for the winter, they still deserve the same care and maintenance as they do during the hot summer season. From warm baths in the winter time to wearing wooly socks, appreciating our feet goes a long way into the summer season that seems so far away...yet so close to coming back around! Here are 4 tips on how to care for your feet all through the cold, harsh winter.
1. Keep ‘em clean, keep ‘em dry!
Keeping your feet damp for too long can make them prone to getting cold faster and developing infections. Foot powder and frequently changing socks can help keep you dry.
2. Socks are your best friend.
Who doesn’t love a nice pair of quality socks? Natural fabrics, such as cotton or wool, can wick moisture away and keep your feet dry.
3. Quality boots to boot!
Boots that fit right are the key to happy winter feet. Tight boots can restrict blood flow makes it harder to keep them warm.
4. Clean and dry those boots, too!
If your winter shoes get saturated to the point of feeling it beyond your socks, it’s time to set them out to dry. Put them next to a fan or the heater overnight to dry them out!
The steps here are summarized for your convenience, but there are many ways to improve your foot health even during the harsh winter season. Following these steps will help ensure your feet stay clean, safe, and dry all season long! At your next appointment at Grand Central Footcare in New York City, be sure to address any concerns you are having about your foot and ankle health with Dr. Les J. Glubo. You can even conveniently schedule an appointment online today or call us at (212) 697-3293!
The holiday season is here and with it is the wonder and beauty of the fall and winter weather. After everything's said and done, we will have reached the New Year and be thinking about what life will bless us with in the next twelve months. If you’re like us, you’re starting to think about planning out your annual trips to your doctors and specialists to cover all bases when it comes to your health. It’s common for people to think that seeing their primary care physician and their dentist is enough, but for many, this couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Your primary care physician and dentist are extremely important to see, but there are other doctors who are valuable pieces in the puzzle of your health and longevity. Podiatrists! When you go to your primary care physician for your annual physical examination, chances are you will have some items on your list pertaining to your foot health. Maybe you feel that you’re starting to develop corns or calluses, or now the bone at the base of your big toe is starting to ache on a regular basis.
Corns, calluses, and bunions are among the most common complaints that people will bring to any doctor regarding their overall health. The truth is that there is only so much that your primary care physician can do for you when these issues arise. A good primary care doctor will always refer you to see a podiatrist! Your primary care doctor went through the same schooling that your podiatrist went through--except that afterwards, your podiatrist went on to even more schooling to specialize in the foot and ankle. This gives podiatrists the upper hand (or foot!) when caring for your feet.
It’s never too early to start thinking about what positive changes can be made in the New Year. Be proactive! Plan ahead and put one foot forward in your journey to better health for your feet and ankles. At your next appointment at Grand Central Footcare in New York City, ask for advice about your choice of slippers or socks with Dr. Les J. Glubo. You can even conveniently schedule an appointment online today or call us at (212) 697-3293!
There are so many things to love and be thankful for about the fall and winter seasons: hot cocoa, snuggling up in a blanket, the ever growing cheer before the New Year arrives...but it’s hard to imagine how we would get through winter every year without our trusted, high quality winter shoes. Some folks bring them out of storage right after Halloween, but if you’re hopeful like us, we try not to bring them out until the start of December! As we prepare for the rest of the holiday festivities, all of us at Grand Central Foot Care wish to remind you about a crucial part of owning orthopedic winter shoes: keeping them clean! Now there’s something to be thankful for!
Fall weather brings us muddy paths lined with colorful fallen leaves. That mud likes to come home with us, but it doesn’t have to ruin the nice, clean floors you just mopped the other day! If you haven’t already, designate an area by the door for dirty shoes to be deposited. This will keep the dirt there instead of all over your home! Keep a shallow pan of water that is changed daily by the door as well. Use a spray bottle with plain water inside to spray your shoes then dunk them into the shallow water. Grab a reusable towel to dry them off and put them on the shoe rack for your next adventure!
Ensuring that mud doesn’t cake up over time on the soles of your shoes will help them maintain their grip and keep you from slipping or sliding. Besides keeping your orthopedic winter shoes clear of mud, this cleaning ritual will also lengthen the lifespan of your trusted shoes. They sure are one of our favorite things to be thankful for!
If you have any foot or ankle issues, schedule an appointment at Grand Central Footcare in New York City, and be sure to address any concerns with Dr. Les J. Glubo. You can even conveniently schedule an appointment online today or call us at (212) 697-3293!
With winter around the corner, there’s a whisper of lazy, snowy mornings with a cup of fresh coffee and a warm robe calling your name. You’ll be wrapped up in a cozy robe in no time, but what about your feet? It may not cross our minds very often, but the decision you make is important. Did you know that over half of falls experienced by people, especially the elderly, happen in their own homes? Flooring other than carpet poses a risk when wearing slippers.
If you’re like me, you like a good deal. Sometimes we opt for the cheapest possible pair of slippers simply because it will save us a buck. Next time you’re in the market for a new pair, remember this: the cheaper pairs of often made just that way… cheaply! This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a good pair for cheap, though. But what makes a pair of socks or slippers “good?”
The two most important things to consider are support and traction. Your slippers don’t have to be orthotics, but if you’ll be spending many mornings lazy-ing around the house, it’s beneficial to your feet if they are supportive. You want to be comfortable while relaxing, right? Supportive means that there is more than just thin, flat material between your feet and the floor. A bit of cushioning goes a long way!
The second most important quality in a pair of slippers is their traction! Often times, cheaper pairs of slippers have very thin and flimsy soles to them. While some have a bit of traction, meaning there are ribs or bumps in the rubber bottoms to promote traction against the floor, poorer quality slippers can wear out fast and leave you susceptible to slipping. Next time, opt for a pair of slippers with thicker soles. They won’t wear out as fast and chances are they will be more supportive, too!
Remember, even if you don’t like slippers and decide to wear socks instead, it is still important to find a pair with rubbery bottoms that will promote traction and protect you from falling. At your next appointment at Grand Central Footcare, ask for advice about your choice of slippers or socks with podiatrist Dr. Les J. Glubo. You can even conveniently schedule an appointment online today or call us at (212) 697-3293!
At Grand Central Footcare, we know all too well how busy life gets here in the city of New York. That’s why it’s more important than ever to take a look at your priorities and put your feet a little higher up… literally, and figuratively! Here are 3 ways to take better care of your feet.
- Monthly pedicures
This shouldn’t take much convincing! How could you resist an hour of deep relaxation with a massage and grooming? A pedicure is one of the best and easiest ways to take the hassle of foot care off your shoulders. When looking for places to go for your pedicure, be sure to look at the reviews. Don’t hesitate to call ahead and ask how they sanitize their equipment or if they use new tools with every customer. Cleanliness is key here when looking to get the most of your pedicure!
- Foot soaks at home
Just imagine it… once a week or even every other night, you come home from a long day at work. Your feet ache and all you want to do is lay down, but when you do, your feet still hurt! Now imagine a warm tub with therapeutic epsom salts to deep your feet into and melt the stress away. This could be you! All it takes is a bucket meant solely for foot soaks and some hot water. You can add epsom salts if you would like, but they aren’t required. The heat will relieve minor aches and pains as well as help care for corns.
- Self massage
If you were already drifting away just thinking about soaking your feet in warm water, you’ll love our next suggestion. Give yourself a massage! It may not be as good as the pedicurist, but regardless of who does it, your feet will benefit. Foot massage is both relaxing and great for foot fatigue and can improve circulation! When you soak your feet in warm water your blood capillaries expand, blood pressure goes down, and your circulation increases, promoting better healing and reduced inflammation. What’s not to love?
Whether you opt in for a pedicure or do it yourself at home with a foot soak and massage, your feet will repay you! At your next appointment at Grand Central Footcare in New York City, be sure to address any concerns you have about your foot and ankle health with Dr. Les J. Glubo. You can even conveniently schedule an appointment online today or call us at (212) 697-3293!
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