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Diabetic Foot Care: Essential Tips To Keep Your Feet Healthy During Winter

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For people with diabetes, even a common foot issue can lead to infection or serious complications and even amputation. Therefore, diabetic foot care is important, especially, during winter as it brings with it threats of decreased circulation & numbness that may cause issues. Cold climate and fluctuating moisture & dryness elevate the risk of diabetic foot issues. About 15% of diabetics seek treatment at a hospital because of an infection or foot ulcer, which leads to amputation in some cases.

Ways To Prevent Diabetic Foot Complications During Winter

Here are a few things you should do to prevent diabetic foot complications during winters:

Keep your feet dry

Moisture that collects between your socks, your feet and toes can form bacteria, which can lead to an infection.

Use a moisturizer

Use a moisturizer daily to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. But don’t moisturize between the toes, that could encourage a fungal infection. Moreover, keep in mind that poor circulation associated with diabetes often decreases the moisturizing glands in patients’ feet who are diabetic, leaving their feet more susceptible to severe dryness.

Look out for any unusual changes

Examine all the pressure points on your feet and in between your toes. Keep an eye out for discharge, changes in colour or odour, painful corns or calluses, or breaks in the skin.


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