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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Baby It’s Cold Outside! | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Baby It’s Cold Outside!
 

Winter brings it’s own special challenges for your feet and ankles. At Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists, we believe in being proactive about your foot health and trying to prevent problems before they occur. Here are 4 aspects of foot health that require vigilance in cold weather:

  1. Circulation: Our body’s natural response to extreme cold temperatures is to protect the trunk area where the majority of our vital organs are contained. This means reduced blood flow to extremities like hands and feet. If you are out in the cold for an extended period of time, watch for signs of frostbite: skin turning pale or red, accompanied by a prickly sensation or numbness. For diabetic patients and others with neuropathy, extra watchfulness is needed because decreased ability to feel cold or pain means damage to the skin can happen without your recognizing it.
  2. Ankles: For patients with chronic ankle instability the icy conditions of winter greatly increase the chances of an ankle giving way, even on flat pavement. Ankle sprains are also more likely at this time of the year with people being distracted or carrying packages that obscure their view and making them less aware of uneven pavement and height changes of curbs and steps. Choosing footwear with good ankle support and soles that grip rather than slip will help avoid injury.
  3. Joints: Cold weather means more aches and pains in the joints. People who have the early stages of disorders, such as hallux limitus or hammertoe, may notice symptoms worsening in the cold. This could be a signal that it’s time to come in and have your pain evaluated. One way to help decrease joint pain is to wear shoes and boots that have a wide toe box and good arch support. Many people don’t realize that boots often don’t provide adequate arch support and this means extra aches and pains in your feet after a day in boots.
  4. Skin and Nails: Of course it’s essential for comfort to keep feet warm, but too much time in heavy socks, sweating in overheated stores or work places can spell trouble for the skin on your feet and your toenails. Closed in, damp, dark places are where infections such as Athlete’s foot and fungal toenails flourish. Change socks frequently if you are perspiring and use powder to help keep feet dry.

 

If winter weather is causing any concerns about your feet, make an appointment to see one of our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Christopher J. Mullin or Dr. Jessica A. Addeo in our conveniently located Aberdeen office by calling: 732-566-2841.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Baby It’s Cold Outside!, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen