By Richard Bennett, DPM.
Healthy Connections

Richard Bennett, DPM

Richard Bennett, DPM

As the temperatures drop, winter brings its fair share of foot woes, from chilblains to dry, cracked heels. Understanding these issues is the first step to proactive care.

Preventing Chilblains: Causes, Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment

Chilblains, those pesky and itchy lesions triggered by cold and damp conditions, are a common concern in winter. To prevent them, invest in warm, waterproof boots that’ll shield you from the biting cold. Keep those feet dry, and if you spot any redness or swelling, don’t hesitate to reach out for a chat about the best course of action.

Conquering Dry, Cracked Heels: Best Moisturizers, Exfoliation Tips

Winter’s dry air heightens the risk of dry, cracked heels. Combat this by regularly moisturizing your feet with a top-notch foot cream, paying extra attention to those spots prone to dryness. A bit of gentle exfoliation goes a long way in promoting those healthier-looking feet.

Bunions and Hammertoes in Cold Weather: How Cold Weather Affects Them, Proper Footwear Choices

Cold weather can exacerbate existing foot conditions, including bunions and hammertoes. Proper footwear is crucial – choose shoes that give your toes the space and support they deserve. No pressure, just comfort.

Maintaining Good Circulation in Feet: Importance in Winter, Simple Exercises to Improve It

Maintaining good circulation is the name of the game for healthy feet. Sneak in some simple foot exercises into your daily routine to get that blood flowing. Ditch the tight socks and constricting shoes – we want happy feet, not cramped ones. And hey, if you’re ever concerned about your foot health, I’m just a call away for some personalized advice.

In a nutshell, being proactive is the secret to conquering those winter foot blues. Get yourself some quality footwear, make moisturizing a ritual, and keep that blood flowing – your feet will thank you all season long.

For assistance and appointments, don’t hesitate to call us at 888.710.8220, or learn more on our website at

Here’s to warm and happy feet this winter!

Dr. Richard Bennett is a podiatrist who sees patients in Hot Springs and Mena. For information or appointments, call 888-710-8220.