Foot Fetish

Ski boots

Winter care for skiers.

Winter in Montana brings exciting ski outings, but for those who spend their days in ski boots, it’s essential to prioritize foot care to ensure comfort and avoid common skin issues during the colder months. By following these foot-care tips, you can enjoy time on the slopes while keeping your feet happy and healthy.

Hydration is key. One of the main concerns during winter is dry skin—and this applies to your feet, too. Skiing is dehydrating, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water to keep your skin moisturized from the inside out. Hydrated skin is less prone to cracking and flaking.

Moisturize regularly. After a day on the slopes, take the time to moisturize your feet. Opt for a thick, hydrating cream or lotion that can penetrate deep and provide long-lasting moisture. Urea is a favorite ingredient that helps to soften dry, cracked skin. Other ingredients that are excellent for dry skin include lactic acid, ceramides, colloidal oatmeal, and hyaluronic acid.

Choose the right socks. Invest in quality moisture-wicking, ski-specific socks to keep your feet dry. Moisture-wicking socks help prevent sweat buildup, reducing the risk of blisters and fungal infections. Consider merino wool or synthetic blends for optimal performance.

Proper footwear. Ensure your ski boots fit correctly. Ill-fitting boots can lead to pressure points, blisters, and other discomforts. Work with a professional boot fitter to find the right size and shape for your feet.

Foot warmers. For extremely cold days, consider using foot warmers or battery heated socks and boot liners. These can help maintain a comfortable temperature inside your boots, preventing frostbite and discomfort.

If you experience persistent foot problems like dry, cracked skin, fungal infections, frostbite, or blisters, consult a dermatologist or foot specialist. They can provide tailored solutions and recommend products to address your specific concerns. Remember, healthy feet are essential for a successful ski season. Stay hydrated, moisturized, and take the time to pamper your feet for a memorable winter.

Dr. Molly Buckland works at SkinCare MT.