winter runningIt looks the Seahawks may have dodged a bullet weather-wise on Superbowl Sunday. Although the East Coast has been experiencing arctic weather, the weather prediction for Sunday is no or low precipitation and temperatures in the 40s. We’ve been lucky in Seattle in comparison to the majority of the country when it comes to cold weather. However, those who like to run in the winter or hike and ski in our Northwest mountains are very likely to encounter wet conditions, freezing temperatures, and cold feet.

What can you do to keep your feet warm?

  • Avoid tight footwear. It can inhibit circulation of the blood vessels in the lower extremities and cause cold feet.
    Wear the right socks. Socks that contain wool and wick away moisture from your feet are best. I recommend SmartWool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks (Gray) Large to my patients who are sports-minded or have circulatory problems. For runners, try SmartWool PhD Running Socks.
  • Use two pairs of socks if needed. In very cold temperatures, I suggest two pairs of socks. Wear one thin layer next to your skin made of a wicking material like polypropylene and a thicker layer made of a combination of wool and other synthetic materials. If you plan to use two pairs of socks it’s important that your shoes still fit. If they don’t, buy shoes a half size larger.
    Use foot warmers. There are a variety of foot warmers on the market that get the job done. They’re inexpensive and last as long as 8 hours.
  • Wear appropriate shoes. Match your footwear to the sport. Although this may go without saying, wearing the wrong shoes for a particular activity can also lead to cold feet. For example, if you plan to hike in the snow make sure your old hiking boots don’t leak. It may be time to buy a new pair if this is happening to you. Same goes for running in cold and/or wet weather. Shoes should have as little mesh as possible to avoid water from entering your shoes. Waterproof trail shoes may be your best bet if you know that you plan to run on snowy or wet trails.

Now that you have the information you need to keep your feet warm, you may be all set to be a weekend warrior. However, If you’re experiencing foot pain we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our Seattle foot doctors and have it checked out. You can reach us at 206-368-7000 or request an appointment online.

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