Year-round foot care is crucial if you are diabetic, but springtime presents even more circumstances in which those with diabetes have to take super special care of their feet. So because March 23 was American Diabetes Alert day, today Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing 7 tips for diabetics during springtime.
Diabetics can never be too careful when it comes to their foot health. So here are some simple tips diabetics should follow to keep their feet healthy and happy during springtime and beyond.
- Be sure to keep your feet dry. If the skin on your foot remains wet for long periods in damp socks or shoes, the skin begins to wrinkle and break down, which leaves it susceptible to infections like plantar warts and athlete’s foot.
- Don’t walk barefoot outside. Sharp rocks, thorns, small stones, and other possibly dangerous items can cut or damage the foot, leading to infection and/or ulcers.
- Slowly transition to sandals. Those who live with diabetes should always wear comfortable, sturdy shoes that fully protect and support the feet. So when wearing sandals be sure to slowly break them in by wearing them for just an hour or two a day until they’re comfortable.
- Avoid spa pedicures. While spring is the most popular season for pedicures, diabetics should avoid them because they are breeding grounds for fungus and bacteria, particularly when nail treatments are involved.
- Use sunscreen on your feet. Sunburns are unsafe for anyone, but they can wreak even more havoc for diabetics. People often forget to apply sunscreen on their feet, so be sure you apply it all over, including your toes and the soles of your feet.
- Keep your feet warm. Spring weather can be deceiving, with many people thinking that it’s a lot warmer than it is. Keep your feet at a comfortable temperature by wearing moisture-wicking socks whenever possible.
- Include light exercise in your daily activities. Spring is a great time to add some light, healthy exercise into your daily routine. This will help keep your blood glucose levels in check, ensure that your immune system is working strong and that your blood circulation flowing. And be sure to wear the correct athletic shoes that fit well to avoid things like Achilles tendonitis and blisters.
For more information on how to incorporate a healthy foot care routine into your daily schedule, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA today at 425-455-0936 to schedule your next appointment.