Diabetes footcare, diabetic footcare, Dr Foot

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We hide our feet away in winter and foot care can often be

forgotten, but cold weather can have an adverse effect on your

feet. Here are tips on keeping your toes in tip-top condition.

1. Shoes: Ideally you should purchase

some good quality winter shoes. If you're

going to be out and about then it would

be good idea to make sure your shoes

are waterproof. When purchasing your

winter shoes allow for some extra room

for thicker socks. To prevent slips and

falls it is essential that the shoes have

adequate grip.

2. Socks: The best way to deal with cold

feet is to prevent heat loss by keeping

the feet warm and dry. The wearing

of natural fiber socks (e.g. wool) is

advisable. If you suffer from cold sweaty

feet then you could wear a thin synthetic

sock to absorb moisture to a thicker

outer sock.

3. Pretend you're in sandals! When we

wear sandals we make an effort to make

sure our feet are looking presentable. In

the winter months we hide them away

and pay little attention to them. Feet will

dry out in the winter, which can lead to

cracks and peeling of the skin. Keep your

feet moisturized especially around your

heels. Make sure your nails are trimmed

and are neat and tidy.

4. Walk softly: The cold weather can lead

to slippery and potentially dangerous

pavements and roads. Even with a good

shoe with adequate grip it is advisable to

walk softly and not to make any sudden

movements. Ankle sprains and ligament

tears are common during winter months.

5. Beware of chilblains! Chilblains are

small, itchy, painful lumps that develop

on the skin. They develop as an abnormal

response to cold. They usually go away

over 7-14 days. If you are prone to

develop chilblains then you should keep

warm in cold weather and avoid excessive

exposure to the elements.

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