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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
December 20, 2016
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes   foot pain   neuropathy  

Neuropathy or nerve damage is often associated with diabetes. Patients with neuropathy have difficulty perceiving sensations in their feet. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we find that winter brings particular concerns for these patients. As we start to get into the colder weather in southwestern PA we’d like our diabetic patients to keep these 3 foot care goals in mind:

 

Warm—one of the problems with neuropathy is that you don’t feel how your feet actually are.Obviously in the winter time that can be a big problem. You may want to consider wearing two pairs of socks. Even indoors your feet may be cold due to circulation issues, which are also a common side effect of diabetes, reducing blood flow to your feet. However, because of the difficulty of perceiving temperature accurately in your feet, you want to make sure that you don’t try to warm feet up by soaking in hot water or sleeping with an electric heating pad. These can both lead to serious burns.


Dry—the additional heat in our cars, homes, offices and stores at this time of the year can lead to another risky situation—feet that spend hours damp from perspiration shut up in dark shoes with little or no air circulation. This describes the perfect breeding ground for fungal infections. Change your socks when you know your feet are damp. At some point each day wash feet with a mild soap and warm water and dry completely—give extra attention to the spaces between your toes. Massage a rich moisturizer into your feet and heels to prevent dry skin and cracking.

Injury-Free—take care to wear appropriate footwear for slippery outdoor conditions to prevent falls. Inside, diabetic patients should wear slippers to protect feet from stepping on objects that could cause a cut. Check your feet to be sure no blisters or sores are forming from winter boots.

Diabetic foot care requires constant vigilance. Don’t put off your regularly scheduled podiatric appointments during the busy holiday season. Our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will help you keep your feet healthy all through the winter. If you are a diabetic patient and notice any changes in your feet contact our Washington office right away by calling: (724) 225- 7410.

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