Cold winter weather can pose unique challenges for those with diabetes, particularly when it comes to diabetic foot care. In addition to managing your diabetes with your doctor, follow these winter foot care tips as temperatures drop to stay on top of potential complications.
Check Your Feet Daily
Check your feet, including the soles, for any cuts, scrapes, blisters or swelling. If you notice any signs of infection or swelling, contact your doctor right away.
Wear Appropriate Footwear
Make sure winter footwear fits well and is able to keep your feet protected from both cold air and moisture. Always wear breathable socks to help wick away sweat and moisture inside winter boots. Wear 100% cotton socks to keep your feet warm and dry in the winter.
Apply moisturizer to alleviate dry, flaking skin. However, avoid applying moisturizer between your toes, where moisture can become trapped, causing fungal infections.
Despite colder temperatures, try to stay as active as possible in the winter to promote healthy circulation. When sitting indoors, elevate your feet or wiggle your toes to help improve circulation.
Manage Your Diabetes
As mentioned above, it is important to continue working with your doctor and taking steps to manage your diabetes throughout the year. Don’t hesitate to contact your doctor or a foot specialist if you notice any unusual symptoms, such as infections, swelling or wounds that won’t heal.
To set up a time to speak with one of our experienced podiatrists, call our Gaithersburg office at 301-948-2995 or contact us online today.