During the winter, it is important for people with diabetes to take special care of their feet. The cold and dryness in the winter months increase the risk of diabetic foot problems such as infection and injury. Health experts advise that all diabetes patients should check the condition of their feet every day. Follow our top tips for caring for feet during the winter months:
- Socks & Footwear: Wear good quality thick, breathable socks that keep feet dry. Feet continue to sweat in colder temperatures and it is important to wear socks that promote air circulation and keep perspiration away. Choose comfortable shoes that allow for toe movement and choose materials that keep the feet warm because diabetic neuropathy may prevent one from feeling that the feet are cold.
- Keep feet dry: Damp feet may develop fungal and bacterial infections. Dry feet thoroughly after bathing or showering. Make sure the area between the toes is dried properly as this is where fungal infections commonly develop.
- MOISTURISE: Keeping the feet well nourished prevents cracks in heels and fissures that are painful and are prone to infection. During winter, feet become excessively dry so the importance of moisturising feet every day can not be over emphasised. A natural diabetic foot cream such as Recharge your FEET will not only keep feet well moisturised, but will also help circulation and fight and prevent infection.
- Manage your diabetes: Work with your health care team to manage all aspects of your diabetes: diet, exercise, medication & supplementation, try Recharge Diabeticare 2 in 1 Diabetic supplements to help maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Be careful of over-heating: Because of neuropathy, diabetics have a decreased ability to feel hot temperatures on the feet. It is advisable therefore to avoid heated foot massagers, hot water bottles and electric blankets on high temperatures.
- Check and care for your feet: All diabetics should check feet daily for dryness, swelling, fungal infection, cracked heels, cuts, bruises, wounds, corns and calluses. Clip and file nails regularly.
Keep your feet warm and dry without getting them overheated and look after them adequately all winter and they will be good to you.