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What is a Podiatrist?

Feet and ankles are real superstars for your body. Every day, they provide you with the support you need to go about your business. Foot and ankle injuries or conditions can take this freedom away and leave you with pain and other negative effects. Fortunately, a podiatrist can help.

A podiatrist is a doctor who diagnoses and treats feet, ankles, and other related areas. These doctors complete training in podiatric medicine so that they know the ins and outs of your feet and ankles and can help you recover from injuries, infections, and other issues while helping you stay a step ahead of other problems through preventative measures.

Image of a podiatrist. Learn about what a podiatrist does.

Four Ways to Help with Itchy Skin in Winter

Winter and your skin do not get along. Cold temperatures, a lack of moisture, and dry air can wreak havoc on your skin during the winter season, leaving your hands, legs, and face with itchy, scaly skin.

Not only does cracked dry skin look and feel unappealing, it can also have other negative effects. Repeated scratching cause by dryness can lead to thicker, rougher skin, which can lead to painful cracks. Dry skin can also become inflamed and sensitive. There’s even a chance of a bacterial infection developing in open cracks and sores.

The best way to prevent these issues is to try and prevent or treat dry winter skin right away. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to protect your skin this winter. Here are four ways to help prevent itchy, dry skin this winter.

Image of a women with itchy, dry winter skin.

Preventing Sunburn in the Snow

When you think about typical places where you might get sun burn, you might imagine a trip to the beach, a baseball game, or some other outdoor activity in the summer. In short, you’re probably not thinking about soaking in too much sun during the winter. However, you probably should.

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Common Winter Injury Prevention Tips

Winter weather can lead to more than just itchy, dry skin and flu season. Winter injuries are a real possibility for many people. A combination of poor traction and certain activities caused by snow and ice are a cause for concern for many people in snowy regions. 

However, once you learn about some common winter injuries, you can also prepare for them. Here are some common winter injuries and what you can do to help prevent them.

Image of a man shoveling snow. Read our tips on winter injury prevention.