It is very important to take care of your feet in the winter months, especially people with diabetes. Cold air, hot showers, and fluctuating humidity can cause various skin issues. Below are a few foot issues and tips for care.
- Dry, cracked feet and heels
- Wash feet daily; dry thoroughly
- Keep your feet moisturized
- Exfoliate your feet once a week
- Don't use nail polish - give your toe nails a winter break
- Painful joints
- Hot water soak provides an ample amount of relief to your feet. Soak your feet in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Add honey if you'd like. Dry your feet afterwards and apply moisturizer.
- Keep feet dry
- Take off wet shoes and socks right away and dry your feet. Warm, moist environments breed bacteria, which can cause infection.
- In some climates, your wet feet could encourage a fungal outbreak. Whether you're slogging through deep snow and sub-zero temperatures in the north, or contending with dampness, chill, and muddy conditions in the south, it's important to take care of your feet all winter long.
- Choose the right size shoes
- Do not stuff your feet in extremely tight shoes to keep it warm. While choosing your shoes for the in which you can wiggle your toes comfortably and your feet are relaxed. You can also opt for the sandals that are open at the front to give your feet space to breathe (we carry Vionics in our office).
Treats for Winter Feet:
* Fun, warm, fluffy, sticky-on-the-bottom socks
* Soaking in warm water and honey (once per week)
* Moisturize feet with cream or lotion before bed, then apply socks if you wish (2 times p/day)
* Apply olive oil and massage daily for a few minutes over feet