Colorado gets cold in winter. It’s a simple fact of life. True, some places get colder than others, and some areas of the state get more snow, but as a general rule, winter is a tough season for many reasons. This doesn’t mean you have to hibernate until flowers start appearing again, of course. You can enjoy the cold (or at least survive it) if you’re prepared with basic cold weather safety. Some simple precautions can help you protect yourself, and your feet, in freezing temperatures.
Exposure to cold temperatures without adequate protection can lead to frostbite and hypothermia, damaging your body tissues, decreasing circulation and immunity, and generally being detrimental to your body. In some cases, enough cold exposure can even be fatal. It doesn’t have to be that way, of course. Taking care of yourself can prevent negative effects and keep you safe. Here are a few basic, common-sense cold weather safety tips to help you stay warm even when the weather outside is frightful:
- Layer up – Wear lots of loose, light-weight, warm clothing in layers to stay warm. Use a hat to protect your head, even if you have thick hair.
- Choose the right socks and gloves – Choose warm, moisture-wicking socks that go up your calf. You can layer these socks, too. Lined gloves keep your fingers warm outside.
- Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of water, since it’s hard to tell how much you’re sweating in the cold.
- Use the right coat and boots – Choose warm, waterproof outer coats and appropriately protective boots.
- Skip the alcohol – Alcohol dehydrates you and decreases your body heat, so avoid it.
- Prepare for traveling – Bring extra blankets, water, and other supplies in your car whenever you travel, just in case.
These are simple measures, but they can go a long way in keeping your whole body, including your lower limbs, protected in wintery weather. When you live in Colorado, you always need to prepare for snow and ice. Following these easy cold weather safety tips can help you avoid frostbite and worse. If you’re at all concerned about cold feet or other lower limb issues this winter, let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you take care of your feet. Make an appointment with us online. You can also call (303) 805-5156 to reach our Cherry Creek, Castle Pines, and Parker, CO, offices directly.