Seasonal changes bring possible medical problems for diabetics that can have an impact on blood circulation and skin health. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing his summertime foot care tips for diabetics on the go.
When a diabetic’s skin gets dehydrated, cracking and splitting of their skin can uncover underlying dermal layers that contain capillaries. And broken capillaries provide easy access for the bacteria that cause infection, which can progress into wounds that are difficult to heal.
The following tips provide insight on enhanced foot care for diabetics that will help prepare you to actively participate in outdoor activities this summer.
Summertime Foot Care for Active Diabetics
Peripheral vascular disease is a common problem that affects many diabetics when their feet don’t receive enough oxygen due to diminished circulation. Diabetic foot ulcers may also appear on the soles of the feet.
As the integrity of the skin weakens under continuous pressure, an open sore may develop into an ulcer if not treated immediately. These ulcers tend to occur more frequently during summer due to sweating feet.
5 Tips to Keep Your Diabetic Feet Happy and Healthy
Together with a diabetic-friendly diet and drinking, plenty of water, the following foot care tips for diabetics will help maintain the health of your feet.
- Don’t wear improperly-fitting shoes or constricting socks that can block blood flow to the feet. Special diabetic shoes and socks help your feet remain healthy while participating in summertime activities.
- Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap, drying them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Dampness between the toes promotes fungal infections, skin ulcers, and open wounds.
- Trim toenails to prevent them from cutting your skin or turning into ingrown toenails. Cut them straight across – but not too short – and file with an emery board.
- Soak your feet in warm water, then remove corns or calluses with a pumice stone.
- Sprinkle talcum powder or cornstarch in your shoes and socks to remove excess moisture before engaging in physical activity.
Even the smallest wounds that affect the feet of diabetics require immediate treatment. If you want your diabetic feet to be the healthy and happy this summer, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule an appointment online.