1. Warm Slippers
Avoid walking around barefoot inside during winter. Keep slippers by the door for when you come in from the cold. This gets you out of cold or wet shoes and socks quickly and keeps your feet from ever touching that chilly floor. Pick a pair of slippers that not only offers warmth, but also keeps moisture away from your feet in case you sweat. Need even more warmth? Try heated foot wraps.
2. Warm Foot Bath
Soak your feet and ankles in warm water for 10 to 30 minutes, adding more hot water as the water cools. This method has the added advantage of relaxing other parts of your body. (Those with medical conditions that can impair feeling in the feet, such as diabetes or peripheral neuropathy, should avoid this method.)
3. Healthy Habits
This is good advice for all seasons. Warm feet are part of overall healthy living.
• Move: You don’t have to hit the gym. Just jogging in place at home helps get blood flowing and can increase the temperature in your feet in as little as 10 minutes.
• Drink water: Water helps regulate your body temperature. If you get dehydrated, less blood flows to your feet, and they feel colder. Drink water at room temperature or a little warmer to keep from getting chilly.
• Don’t smoke: Smoking can impair circulation, which means blood doesn’t get to the feet as easily and leaves your feet cold.
4. A Good Doctor
If your feet are cold even in the summer, have a talk with your doctor. There are several medical conditions—including diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and Raynaud ’s Phenomenon —that can cause poor circulation. (Those with Raynaud’s Phenomenon have blood vessel spasms when it gets colder.) When blood can’t get to your feet efficiently, your feet tend to stay cold.
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Mayo Clinic: “Functions of Water in the Body”
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