Wow! 2014 really came in like a lion, right? First we had lots and lots of snow and then the arctic blast (Known now as the Polar Vortex. Sounds like a science fiction term, doesn’t it?) descended on us.
It sounds like the weather is not quite finished with us yet. They are talking about rain (!) that could cause flooding. In January??? This is all a bit much, don’t you think?
A few weeks ago, we talked about frostbite. (In case you missed it, you can read it here.) That was truly a serious problem this past week. But as a reminder even though it will feel balmy because it warms up to freezing, frostbite is still an issue. Please bundle up and make sure that you dress for the weather.
One of the things that I have really noticed is how dry my feet have gotten. This is not good. I think the dry air and my ignoring moisturizing as I should have really combined for a rough (get it?) situation.
Now I know that I need to incorporate moisturizing my feet into my New Year’s resolutions. That is probably one of the easier resolutions to keep. Much better than that one about cleaning!
So, today is a new day and I will start. I am going to start by using a pumice stone while I am showering. I will really try to get some of the roughest skin off. Then as I get out of the shower, I will put some moisturizer on my feet. I will do it immediately because the pores are open and will accept the moisturizer better. Then tonight, I will use moisturizer again and put on socks. The socks will help keep the moisturizer on my feet and not in the bed. I have an old pair of white cotton socks that I use for this. The elastic is shot and so they don’t stay up but they are great for nighttime moisturizing.
What about you? How are your feet faring in this weather? If they are dry like mine, you might want to try my methods. Dry cracked feet can cause problems that range from serious (infections because bacteria can get in the cracked skin) to pain in the neck (getting your socks stuck on your rough skin).
Let’s have a virtual foot moisturizing party! You and I will both work on it and think wonderful thoughts about each other for being so virtuous.
I would appreciate if you would do me a favor. Could you, when you are on Facebook, take a minute to “like” Evanston Podiatric Surgeons? I would really appreciate it.
Have a great week. I will be back next Wednesday.