As colder weather reaches us this time of year so does the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Long days of shopping and baking can take a toll on feet, especially if those feet belong to a diabetic patient. Let’s talk about some simple steps you can take to make sure those diabetic feet make it through the holiday season happy and healthy.
As temperatures drop it is very important to keep a diabetics feet warm and dry. Diabetes primarily affects circulation, especially in the extremities like the hands and feet, so pay particular attention to wear gloves and thick warm socks. Wool socks are the best choice when it comes to both warm and dry, wool naturally wicks away moisture while retaining heat very well.
Make sure to check the forecast before going out and dress appropriately. Winter is a wet season so make sure to have some waterproof shoe gear on hand and wear it often. Excessive moisture can cause weak skin, which can easily lead to ulcers on a diabetics feet. Consider using a foot powder to help keep feet dry, such as talcum or Gold Bond powder.
Finally make sure to to wear supportive shoes if you are going out for a long day of shopping. A good pair of tennis shoes (New Balance, Asics, Brooks, Vionics) should keep feet supported for any shopping trip. Your podiatrist can also prescribe a good diabetic shoe, which is thicker than a normal tennis shoe. Diabetic shoes also have no seams on the inside of the shoe because prolonged rubbing on these seams can cause ulcerations on diabetic feet.
If you or a loved on is a diabetic then they should be seeing a podiatrist on a regular basis to ensure a long, active, happy life. Ankle & Foot Associates has 18 locations in Southeast Georgia and Coastal South Carolina to better serve you and your families foot and ankle needs.