Take care of feet in the winter to ease bunion pain, reduce chances of bacterial growth


In the summertime, many ladies enjoy baring their feet in strappy sandals, which allow ample room for bunions. But when temperatures drop outside and snow falls, they're forced to don winter boots, which can be constrictive and lead to bacterial growth.

However, with a few simple steps, individuals can avoid these oft-overlooked hazards.

First, remember that keeping feet clean and dry can prevent bacterial or fungal growth, which can be smelly and unsightly. Washing feet at least once each day with an ant-bacterial soap and using clean, moisture-wicking socks can help keep infections and wetness at bay.

Clipping nails may prevent ingrown toenails, which can be painful, and provide comfort when wearing heavy boots and socks.

If boots are squeezing your bunions, consider looking for a pair with a wider toe box. You may also want to try bunion splints or orthotics, which can help correct the bony deformities in a non-invasive manner.

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