Winter Weather, Feet & Diabetes

We hope you took the time to care for your feet over the past few weeks.    In the midst of the holiday season it can be easy to overlook our own health and wellbeing in favor of others.  The dip in temperatures can also pose risk to your feet especially if you are living with diabetes.

As we have mentioned before, this disease can affect the blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to all your body‘s tissues.  The small vessels in your fingers and toes are often the first to be affected by the fluctuations in your blood sugars.  Because of their small size, they are also the same vessels that can be affected by the seasonal drop in temperatures. We may not have to spend hours in the snow shoveling as they might in other parts of the country, but we still need to make sure our feet are properly insulated against the cooler temperatures.  It doesn’t take long for an exposed foot, especially when diabetes has resulted in loss of sensation, for skin and muscles to become damaged from cooler temperatures.  Make sure you were warm socks and proper footwear to keep your feet safe if you do find yourself visiting more snow laden regions.  Even if there is just a small amount of snowfall, avoid going out in sneakers or sandals.

The outdoors aren’t the only place your foot needs protection if you are living with diabetes. Because diabetes can increase you healing time and make you more susceptible to infection, ‘an ounce of prevention’ really is ‘worth a pound of cure’.   Make sure you keep your feet protected with footwear even if you are just walking around the house.  Take a few minutes every day to inspect your feet for any changes.  Cracks, sores, blisters or any other changes to the skin can lead to bigger problems if not properly cared for.  Visit your Austin podiatrist if you do encounter any of these things or have concerns about any changes to your feet.  With regular check-ups and early appointments after you notice changes, we can keep you on your feet.

Until next time, keep those feet happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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