Controlling blood sugar is particularly difficult during the winter season. With the upcoming holiday season and feasting, it can be challenging to keep your blood glucose within normal limits. People with diabetes need to be extra careful about their foot health.
Here are a few tips for diabetics to follow during the winter season for better foot health.
- Daily foot inspection.
Diabetic patients should develop and follow a daily foot inspection routine. Examine each pressure point on your feet, including the space between each toe. Examine the skin for any breaks or any other abnormality. Report any unusual or uncomfortable development to your podiatrist.
- Good footwear is essential.
Your risk of developing foot problems can rise during the winter months due to cold and damp weather and impaired foot circulation. Ensure boots and shoes have adequate cushioning, snow and ice protection, and warmth to prevent damage. Tight shoes can restrict your blood circulation and cramp your toes. Select proper socks made from breathable fabric so that they let your feet breathe.
- Wet feet are bad for diabetics.
For a person with diabetes, wetness is the enemy. Potentially harmful germs and bacteria can grow when moisture accumulates for an extended period inside your closed shoes, causing infections. You must gently dry your feet once they become wet due to the cold weather.
- Moisturize your feet daily.
The moisturizing glands in your feet may perform less effectively due to inadequate circulation in your feet due to diabetes. During winters, your feet can become dry, that subsequently can cause skin damage. Moisturizing helps your skin and improves blood circulation in your feet.
- Keep your toenails short.
Uncut or damaged toenails can result in infections and may even require amputation. If you plan to do your own nail trimming, soften the nails before cutting them cleanly across. Thick, crumbly, or discolored nails may require professional attention.
- Be extra careful.
Diabetes-related nerve damage results in numbness. Keep your feet at a moderate distance from warm places, especially heaters, pads, and fire. The numbness takes away sensation from your feet which could result in more damage to your feet if you are not extra careful.
- Keep your blood sugar in check.
One of the most crucial components of diabetic foot care is managing your diabetes and keeping your sugar under control. Your feet are one of the first areas where diabetes will attack because of the stress they bear daily.
Schedule a visit with a podiatrist right away if you have diabetic and have concerns about the health of your feet, ankles, or toes, suffer from heel discomfort, or have any other issues with your feet.
At Clark Podiatry Center, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, a board-certified podiatrist, treats various conditions such as heel pain, diabetic wounds, bunions, nerve pain, and more. The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute is also part of Clark Podiatry Center. We provide exceptional service for patients in Union County. Contact our office at (732) 382-3470 or schedule an appointment online. Our office is at 1114 Raritan Road, Clark, NJ 07066.