If you’re diabetic, your foot health is on your mind all year long. But, during the hot summer months, it’s even more important you keep your condition in check because, at this time of the year, you are even more likely to develop a host of foot issues. Today, Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County are sharing their tips for keeping your feet healthy this summer.
Daily care of your feet is crucial to prevent life-threatening problems. Here are some tips to keep your diabetic feet happy and healthy.
Barefoot is not your friend. Walking even just a few minutes without shoes can damage your feet. You can burn the bottoms of your feet on hot sidewalks, pavement, and sand. And you are also more susceptible to wounds, blisters, and cuts when you go shoeless. Also, by walking barefoot in public locations – like the locker room, communal showers, or pool area elevates your risk of contracting a viral or bacterialinfection.
Don’t forget the sunscreen. While sunscreen is important at any time of year, you may need to increase how often you apply it during the summer. The skin on the bottom and top of your feet is quite sensitive and can burn rapidly. If you’re planning on being out in the sun, apply sunscreen to those areas regularly.
Wick away excess moisture. Because of the mix of your sweat and humidity, moisture buildup in your footwear is quite common during summer. And the excess moisture can lead to blisters or infections which may impact the health of your feet. So be sure to change socks regularly.
Schedule a summer foot care appointment with your podiatrist. During the summer months, you may be especially worried about keeping your feet healthy. Making an appointment for a regular checkup with your podiatrist will ensure that you keep your diabetic feet healthy and help give you peace of mind.
This is the perfect chance to address any concerns you might have about your feet and discuss tips to care for them throughout the entire year. Contact the offices of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC in New Haven County and Fairfield County today to schedule a consultation. You can reach our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown office at (203) 270-6724.