Feet and the Cold City

Happy New Year!

There’s no doubt about it – this week in the GTA was COLD! We warmed up for a while as we cheered on Team Canada in the men’s world junior championship game (GO CANADA GO!), however, the rest of the week saw the majority of us back outside braving the -20 degree weather and that pesky wind chill.

Your feet are the furthest away from your heart which makes it tough for your body to maintain a comfortable warmth for them.  So it’s not uncommon that many people consistently have cold feet. Cold weather can be especially difficult on those with circulation problems or diabetes. These circulation issues make it hard to know and feel when your feet are too cold.

Prevent your feet from getting too cold by:

  • Always wear clothing that will keep you warm – on your feet and on your body! In temperatures so low, double up on thin socks if you need to.
  • Walk around. If you’re standing and waiting for the bus, move your feet around to keep the blood properly circulated to your feet.
  • No smoking and limit caffeine. Smoking and caffeine cause blood vessels to constrict reducing the amount of blood flowing to your feet. With or without circulation problems, these two habits will keep your feet a little colder than you’d like.
  • Wear proper boots. Stepping in snow or puddles where the water can seep in will make your feet very cold, very fast. The dampness can also cause bacterial infections. Have a good, strong pair of winter boots that will continuously keep your feet warm and dry.
  • Treat your feet! Soak your feet in warm (not hot) water once in a while. They’ll feel warm and refreshed!