How to keep your feet warm in the winter
Winter sports mean cold feet - how can you fight back?
Fortunately, I live in a place where winter is something we embrace. Ski season is in full swing. Snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling are also very popular here. After practicing in Ohio for 30 years, it's interesting to see how Coloradoans embrace and enjoy the cold. In Ohio, I would see all kinds of cold weather injuries including Raynaud's disease, chilblains, frostnip, and frostbite. But in Colorado, I've only seen one case of Raynaud's. Why? It makes me think of snow tires. In Ohio, no one was ever prepared for winter. Everyone was willing to take a chance with their tires and see if they could get through the winter. This obviously wreaked havoc with the roads. And in that same line of thinking, no one was prepared to be in the cold for any length time.
This past weekend I drove through several mountain towns that were over 10,000 ft in elevation. Lots of snow and cold. You know, you just don't mess with it. You read the weather and anticipate pass closures. Your tires are snow tires and you carry chains, a flashlight, and blankets.
What's this have to do with staying warm? I think staying warm starts with a Colorado mindset. You're prepared. Here are some simple tricks to keep your feet warm this winter.
- Wet feet are cold feet. Use a drying solution like Onox to keep the feet dry. Perspiration is one of the best ways to conduct cold. Use of Onox decreased perspiration leading to warmer feet.
- Allow your boots or shoes to dry. Rotate shoes to allow them to dry for at least 48 hours.
- Frequent changes of socks. Socks are a simple tool that'll wick away moisture.
- Wear shoes with ample room. Tight shoes lead to cold feet. Y
- Your mom was right - wear a hat. She knew that 50% of heat loss is from the head.
Button up, it's cold outside.