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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 11, 2017
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: diabetics   cracking skins  

As the winter weather fluctuates as much as it has, it is important as ever to pay attention to dressing properly for the weather. This is especially important when it comes to footwear for folks who have diabetes. There are higher risks for injury or foot health issues in the colder weather.

It’s hard enough for diabetics to care for themselves, so we at Clark Podiatry Center would like to offer tips to hopefully help you with self-care this winter.

  • Maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, even if it’s cold. Keep your sugar levels in check and try to keep moving. If you’re braving the cold, make sure to bundle up and keep your extremities warm. Improper footwear or getting wet from cold rain or snow can put you at risk of frostbite! Staying indoors? Get creative and find ways to get your blood pumping.
  • Gear up with the right footwear. Our previous post was about this, but for diabetics in particular,it is important to wear shoes that are not too constricting or loose to prevent injury.
  • Always wear socks during winter weather. Also, try to keep your feet warm, but dry. If they get sweaty, use powder as a solution.
  • Warm showers and baths are great for warming up. However, make sure you test the water temperature before you hop in as you may burn your skin without knowing that. Afterwards, remember to dry your feet and then moisturize as the winter cold can cause dry, cracking skin.
  • If you are warming your body (and feet) with a heating pad, heater, or fireplace, make sure you are aware of just how hot those items get. Again, you don’t want to burn yourself by mistake.
  • As always, inspect your feet every day. For those who have or are losing feeling in their feet, injuries or diseases may arise without you noticing if you are not paying attention to your feet. In particular, look for cuts and blisters, as well as for signs of infections.

If you have any further questions or concerns about caring for your feet in this winter weather, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy, at our Clark, NJ office. Make an appointment today so we can keep you walking!

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Podiatrist - Clark, Dr. Brandon Macy, 1114 Raritan Road, Clark NJ, 07066 732-382-3470