Diabetic Foot Care Tips for Winter

Oct 10th, 2012 by Jenna Goldberg | Be The First To Comment

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Winter months require a little extra foot care for everyone, but diabetics especially need to keep feet healthy. Decreased circulation, dry skin, and spending time exposed to cold and wet conditions put diabetic feet at a higher risk for developing an infection or foot condition. This is all the more reason to pamper your feet and keep them comfortable. See the below winter foot care tips for diabetics and take extra care to keep feet healthy and comfortable during the colder months.

Wear Proper Fitting Footwear

The key to keeping feet healthy and comfortable is proper fitting socks and shoes- never compromise! Winter Footwear is more restrictive, but that doesn’t mean your toes should be smooshed or your laces too tight. Diabetic slippers, shoes, and boots are specially designed to keep feet cushioned and protected and can greatly improve foot health.

Check Your Feet Everyday

It’s important to look over your feet on a daily basis, checking for any blisters, cuts, irritation, discoloration or fungus. Check the top, side, and back of each foot. Examine toenails for discoloration or thickening, and make note of any changes. It’s especially important to perform a daily foot exam if you have neuropathy, however all diabetic feet run the risk of a foot problem escalating if not treated early. If you observe something out of the norm, notify your doctor.

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Keep Feet Moisturized

Always keep feet dry, clean, and moisturized. Apply lotion to the top and bottom of foot, but not between the toes, which increases the risk of foot fungus. Over-the-counter creams work fine, but those who suffer from diabetic neuropathy should use a diabetic foot care cream that enhances circulation and promotes natural healing.

Protect Your Feet

Never go barefoot, even indoors. Avoid socks with tight elastic bands or thick seams at the toe. House shoes and slippers are not only recommended, they’re super comfortable. Diabetic slippers for men and women offer protection and support, as well as accommodate custom orthotics. At a minimum, always wear socks. Diabetic socks encourage healthy circulation and keep feet dry and fungus-free. Cotton or acrylic socks (not nylon) prevent irritation and wick away moisture. Never use heating pads or hot water to keep feet warm.


About Author 

Jenna Goldberg attended University of Hawai’i at Manoa and graduated from California State University Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English concentration. When she is not working in the office as HealthyFeetStore.com's Web Content Writer and Digital Marketing Specialist you can find Jenna surfing or snowboarding. She also contributes to S4Mag.com, The Inertia and SALTED Magazine and other surf and snowboard publications. You can find her on Google +.

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