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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 16, 2016
Category: Diabetes Foot Care
Tags: dry feet   moisturize feet  

Patients with diabetes have a whole set of special concerns when it comes to the feet. Conditions commonly associated with the disease—poor circulation, impaired immune system function and neuropathy—can turn seemingly minor problems into major health threats. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we know our diabetic patients need careful monitoring. Changes in seasons can mean changes in foot care. In recognition of November’s National Diabetes Month we offer these tips for keeping diabetic feet safe in cold weather:

Stay Warm—nerve damage caused by diabetes makes it difficult to perceive hot and cold. If you will be 

outside when the temperatures are below freezing make sure you are wearing warm socks. Consider two layers—one closest to the skin that wicks moisture away and a heavy sock over that for warmth. Conversely, if you have trouble experiencing sensation in your feet take care when warming them up. Do not expose feet to direct heat sources or use electric blankets, heating pads or heated shoe inserts to warm up your feet. Second or third degree burns can result.

Stay Dry—prolonged exposure to moisture can lead to fungal and bacterial infections, such as athlete’s foot. Winter snow and slush can seep into shoes and socks. Overheated homes, offices and stores at this time of year can also cause feet to sweat excessively. Change out of damp socks and shoes as soon as possible and gently towel dry feet. Be especially diligent keeping the skin between toes dry.

Moisturize—increased heat during winter months and poor circulation (which can reduce the number of moisturizing glands in the feet) can lead to dry skin. Itching, flaking and painful cracking can result. In addition to being uncomfortable, the open skin from scratching or cracking can be an entry point for bacteria that causes infection. Be on the lookout for red, shiny spots on the feet—early signs of skin breaking down.

Inspect—checking your feet regularly for changes is a part of good diabetic foot care in all seasons. If you notice anything unusual, contact our Pooler office for an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. Regular foot exams can help prevent serious health issues in diabetic patients.










 

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