With a Massachusetts winter upon us once again, snowy conditions will create difficulty in keeping your feet warm and dry, and this can potentially lead to problems for those individuals who have diabetes. Diabetic foot care is not easy, and people with this condition have to walk a fine line between making sure that their feet are neither too damp nor too dry.
Wet feet is a problem for those with diabetes for a variety of reasons. A major concern with having damp feet is the potential for fungal infection and growth. Fungi thrive in damp, warm environments and this situation is created when your damp feet are housed in socks and shoes or boots. We still want you to have warm, toasty feet, but if you can take moisture out of the equation you will not only be more comfortable, you will reduce the risk of infection. That is a win-win!
If your skin is damp and you have ill-fitting footwear, there is a potential for blisters to form. The danger in this scenario is if the blister bursts, it creates an opening for a virus or bacteria to get inside the body and lead to infection. Keeping your feet dry will certainly help decrease the chance of this happening, but it is also important to have footwear that properly fits your feet.
On the other end of the spectrum, those who have diabetes also need to be careful that their feet are not overly dry. Dry skin can lead to cracking, which once again provides an opportunity for foreign microbial bodies to enter and can lead to severe problems. After washing and thoroughly drying your feet, apply a conservative amount of moisturizer and work it into your skin. This will help prevent your skin from becoming too dry.
If you know that you have a diabetic condition, you should be working closely with Foot Care Specialists, PC to ensure that your feet do not end up with a condition that would result in the need for amputation or cause complications with an already-compromised immune system. We want you have the optimal foot health possible, so schedule an appointment at our Crown Colony Medical Center location in Quincy, MA, locations. Come in and see Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff and let’s work together to create a plan for your health and wellbeing.