The curse of cold feet can seriously dampen your enjoyment on the ski slopes. When the mercury plummets, the body's response is to protect vital organs by focusing on the mid-body - aka core - area, cutting blood flow to the extremities. "Feet tend to get coldest because they are furthest from the heart," explains Lorraine Jones, a podiatrist at The Royal College of Podiatry. "If you keep your core warm with the help of a moisture-wicking baselayer, an insulation layer, and a waterproof outer layer, you'll help keep the blood flowing to your toes."
"Your feet sweat when skiing and if your skin gets damp, it cools quickly," warns Jones. "A wet body loses heat 27 times faster than a dry body." Look for socks with a mix of wicking artificial fibers and insulating natural fibres such as merino wool, bamboo, or silk. "Only wear one pair; otherwise you won't get the insulating effect of air circulating around the foot," warns Jones.
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.