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By Dr. Pinsker
June 28, 2012
Category: Diabetic Foot Care
Tags: Summer   Heat  

If you are dealing with diabetes, it’s no surprise to you that the disease can affect your entire body. Diabetes is a disease where there are elevated levels of blood glucose, also known as blood sugar, in the body. Diabetes can have negative effects on blood circulation throughout the body and can even result in nerve damage. People with diabetes need to take extra precautions for their overall health, such as maintaining a strict diet and even wearing specialized shoes.

Did you know that diabetic feet can be affected by the summer heat?  It’s true!  Consistent hot and humid weather can lead to serious foot problems for people with diabetes. Diabetics may even receive third degree burns! This is why you should take the heat seriously if you are a diabetic.  You need to take proper care and of your feet all year long!

Dr. Pinsker has come up with some helpful ways to keep your feet healthy, they include:

1.Keep your shoes on. Walking, even a few feet on the hot pavement, without shoes may result in severe burns on the bottoms of your feet. Going barefoot can also leave your feet at risk for punctures, which may go unnoticed due to nerve damage and result in serious infections. For these reasons Dr. Pinsker recommends that you always wear some form of protective footwear.

2.Vary your footwear. While summer sandals and flip flops can be great for the ease of slipping on and off, they are not the best at protecting the health of your feet. Open shoes overexpose your feet to the sun, which can result in severe dryness and cracking. If you wear some form of sandals, make sure to inspect your feet on a daily basis and wear more protective footwear at least three days a week.

3.Don’t forget your socks.Socks can be just as important to the health of your feet as shoes. Diabetic socks can prevent swelling, which causes irritation between your feet and shoes.  The irritation can also negatively affect your blood circulation. Socks can help prevent painful blisters from developing. You should wear socks as often as possible, especially if your feet are prone to swelling.

The heat may cause the feet of people with diabetes to swell, become dry to the point of cracking, cuts, burns and blisters. If you are dealing with the effects of diabetes on your feet, contact our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker at (724) 225-7410. He will work to help you keep your feet healthy.

 

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