Diabetic foot care is important year-round, but the colder weather of winter brings with it the added threat of numbness and reduced circulation. Today Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC are sharing some information regarding the importance of diabetic foot care during the winter months.
These tips can help you care for your diabetic feet this winter.
Moisturizing is a must-do. Reduced circulation and nerve damage that often results from diabetes can negatively affect the moisturizing glands located in your feet. The dry winter heat often exacerbates the dryness, so daily moisturizing is a must for diabetic foot health.
A daily examination is imperative. Carefully inspect all the pressure points on your feet and between your toes. When doing so, look for any discharge, changes in odor or color, breaks in the skin, or painful calluses and corns.
Keep your feet moisture-free. Icy puddles or snow can lead to hazardously damp feet that can invite unwanted bacteria. When your feet get wet, dry them completely, including between your toes, and change out of your wet socks and shoes.
Keep your toenails trimmed. Toenails that are not properly trimmed often cause infections and ulcers. Be sure to trim them correctly, which is by cutting them straight across, but not too short. If it’s difficult for you to trim them yourself, seek professional help from your podiatrist.
Proper footwear is key. If you live with diabetes, winter cold together with reduced circulation can raise your risk of getting a foot ulcer. So be sure that your winter footwear provides warmth, sufficient padding, and protection from the elements.
Control your glucose levels. Regulating your blood sugar is an important part of diabetic foot care. Your feet are one of the first places poor diabetic control appears. Work with your doctor to control your blood sugar.
Don’t overheat your feet. Be particularly careful when using hot soaks, electric blankets, or heating pads. And always check the water temperature before you stick your feet in.
If you are diabetic and haven’t seen a podiatrist in some time, contact the offices of Dr. Joel Segalman, Dr. Stephen Lazaroff, and Dr. Brittany Ciaramello, at Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC.
We serve both New Haven County and Fairfield County areas. You can schedule an appointment by calling our Waterbury office at (203) 755-0489 or our Newtown location at (203) 270-6724. You can also request an appointment online.