Why Foot Pain is so Common in the Winter
Whether it’s daily foot pain or lingering conditions that act up without notice, foot pain is quite common in the winter months.
During the colder winter months, our patients find that their foot pain is worse than during the previous warmer months. The following are some reasons why.
Cold weather: Cold weather can wreak havoc on your body in the way of achy bones, joints, and muscles. The cold temperature can cause the tissues in your joints to contract and pull on the nerve endings, causing joint pain. It also tends to intensify foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis and arch and heel pain.
Added weight: Additional weight is associated with an elevated risk of foot pain, which can eventually lead to other conditions such as plantar fasciitis. The weight some of us gain during the holidays can place additional strain on the arches, resulting in pain during the colder winter months.
Unsupportive shoes: During the warmer months, many of us wear flip-flops and sandals more than we should. Flip-flops don’t provide any support, and in fact, put added strain on the muscles and tendons. This can overstretch or even tear your plantar fascia resulting in foot pain.
How to Prevent Foot Pain this Winter
Here are some of the best tips to overcome winter foot pain:
- Rest your feet as much as possible;
- Perform daily foot stretches;
- Avoid walking barefoot;
- Perform the RICE method (rice, ice, compression and elevation);
- Try wearing custom orthotics.
Remember, regardless of the weather foot pain is not normal! If you feel that winter foot pain is getting in the way of your daily activities, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.
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