If you've ever spent time outside during cold weather, you'll know that your feet are often the first body parts to start to feel chilly, and they can be difficult to warm up again. Foot warmers have been specially designed to help keep your feet comfortable even when you're exposed to frigid temperatures. Here at Walgreens, we have a variety of different foot warmers to help keep you feeling snug.
How Do Foot Warmers Work?
The two most common varieties of foot warmers work in completely different ways to keep you toasty. Microwavable foot warmers are filled with certain grains that release moist heat when they are warmed. These types of foot warmers also often contain aromatic compounds so that they soothe your whole body via aromatherapy while being used to warm your feet. Air-activated foot warmers, on the other hand, are made with compounds that produce an exothermic (heat-releasing) reaction when exposed to oxygen. These types of foot warmers are stored in airtight packaging until you open them up, at which point they immediately begin to get warm. Depending on the specific product, the heat reaction may last anywhere from 1 to 10 hours.
Why Use Foot Warmers?
Different types of foot warmers can have completely different uses. Microwavable varieties are best used at home (where you'll be able to reheat them once they start to cool down), and they can be especially therapeutic to use on tired feet at the end of a long day of standing. Air-activated foot warmers, on the other hand, are more convenient to use when you're out and about. Participants in winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and ice skating swear by these types of foot warmers because they can last throughout the day and may help the whole body be better able to stand up to cold temperatures for longer. These types of foot warmers may also enable you to participate in more outdoor activities during the frigid winter.
Remember to always exercise caution when spending time outside in cold temperatures. Foot warmers should always be paired with other cold weather protection like jackets, hats, scarves, and gloves, and you should limit your exposure to particularly harsh elements whenever possible.