For people with diabetes, the experience of a minor foot problem can result in severe conditions, including infection. That’s one reason why it’s so crucial that people who live with diabetes take precautions to adapt to the colder climate. Because this month is Diabetes Awareness Month, in today’s post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, is sharing information regarding foot care tips for diabetics in the upcoming colder months.
1. Be sure to keep your feet warm and dry. Slushy weather and snow can make your feet damp. The moisture creates an environment that leads to the formation of bacteria, which then results in an infection. For this reason, diabetics are urged to change wet footwear and socks, dry their feet quickly, and give special attention between toes.
2. Keep your feet away from direct heat. To reduce the chance of burning or drying out your feet, be sure to keep them away from direct contact with heat sources. Diabetes can damage the nerves in the feet, and this can make warming them rather complicated. When you experience numbness as a symptom of neuropathy, diabetics may not be fully aware that their feet are burning because they can’t feel the sensation.
3. Apply moisturizing lotion to your feet each day. This step will keep dry skin from itching or cracking, which could eventually lead to a wound or foot ulcer. When moisturizing, don’t apply the lotion between your toes to prevent a fungal infection.
4. Wear properly fitted shoes. Diabetics should wear properly fitted footwear that offers a wide toe box to eliminate cramping, and supportive, non-slip soles for any inclement weather. During the winter months, consider wearing moisture-wicking socks and shoes that are suitable for the weather. Ask us if diabetic shoes would be beneficial.
5. See your podiatrist regularly. Because people with diabetes are highly predisposed to foot problems, they should visit their podiatrist regularly as a precautionary measure.
With proper foot care, diabetics can decrease the possibility of experiencing a foot problem. With regular visits, we can oversee any changes in your feet and proceed with the appropriate treatment option.
If you are living with diabetes and aren’t having your feet checked regularly, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, to schedule a consultation. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.