Foot Care Tips for the Spanish Winter
Spanish winter weather embellishes nature with gorgeous landscapes and can provide a host of pleasurable outdoor activities. It can be invigorating to be outside, provided you take certain precautions to protect your feet. During cold and damp weather conditions it is important to keep your feet warm and dry. It can be critical for the elderly and people with circulation problems such as Raynaud’s syndrome and especially important for diabetics. During cold weather, the body moves the blood away from the outer limbs such as the fingers and toes in order to maintain a constant body temperature. That is why your fingers and toes feel colder and subsequently numb with prolonged exposure to cold weather.
Follow these tips for safe outdoor Spanish winter fun:
- Wear thicker non-constricting socks.
- Wear comfortable fitting (never too tight) waterproof shoes or boots.
- Should your feet be exposed to cold and dampness for any prolonged period DO NOT put them in HOT water, near a flame (such as a fireplace) or use a heating pad!
- Instead, soak them in warm water at a constant temperature gradually allowing the feet regain their normal temperature.
- Be careful to not let the water get too hot.
- Dry them thoroughly and repeat the process if necessary.
- Drink plenty of fluids.