Five Winter Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Diabetic Foot Care | Comments Off on Five Winter Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Winter Foot Care Tips for Diabetics Advanced Podiatry Ohio clinics

Cooler temperatures call for a change in wardrobe and a change in the daily foot care routine for those with diabetes.

In recognition of American Diabetes Month, Advanced Podiatry offers these five diabetic foot care tips to help you maintain optimal foot health during the winter.

  1. Check your feet daily. Diabetes causes nerve and blood vessel damage that can lead to foot problems if an individual develops neuropathy. Inspect your feet daily for any open sores, cracks, dryness, blisters, foot ulcers, corns, and calluses. Also, check in between your toes for any peeling of skin and moisture, which can be signs of a foot infection. Foot ulcers are common among diabetics and should be treated immediately.  If you notice an open wound on your foot that is not healing properly, contact Advanced Podiatry immediately for wound care.
  2. Warm Socks. During the winter months, opt to wear thicker, breathable socks that will keep away moisture. Even though it’s cooler outside, your feet will continue to sweat, and it’s important that your socks allow for air circulation to keep away perspiration.
  3. Keep your feet dry. This tip goes hand in hand with the advice above. It’s important for a person with diabetes to keep his or her feet dry to reduce the risk of developing a fungal or bacterial infection. Be sure to dry your feet thoroughly after showering or bathing. When drying your feet, pay close attention to drying the area in between your toes, since this is the area athlete’s foot fungal infections most commonly develop.
  4. Proper winter footwear. When changing out your footwear for the winter, you should select a boot or shoe that has a rounded toe that provides wiggle room. Footwear should always fit properly and provide secure support. Shoes made of natural fabrics such as leather and suede allow for proper air circulation to your feet. Diabetics should also select footwear that will provide sufficient warmth since neuropathy can prevent them from realizing when their feet are becoming cold.
  5. No dry skin! Use moisturizer. In the winter it’s advisable to use extra moisturizer on your feet. It’s important to keep your feet moisturized to prevent cracks in the skin and peeling that can become painful and lead to infection. When applying an emollient moisturizer to your feet avoid using it in between your toes since added moisture in this area encourages fungal and bacterial infections.  Not sure what moisturizer to buy, ask your foot care doctor or a certified nurse to recommend a moisturizer.

For additional foot care tips or questions, contact a foot care specialist or podiatrist.

If you’re a diabetic and you need assistance developing a diabetic foot care routine, contact Advanced Podiatry. Our physicians are members of the American Diabetes Associate and are ready to provide the foot care you need.  Don’t wait any longer if you’re in need of diabetic foot care. Schedule an appointment with one of our convenient locations throughout Ohio.