Summer Safety With Diabetes: Check Your Feet For Changes
Even though the kids are going back to school and summer vacation is almost over it doesn’t mean that the actual summer season is done. It’s important to continue practicing foot summer safety, especially if you have diabetes. This means checking your feet every day for any changes and taking the necessary precautions to protect your feet.
If you have diabetes you should already know the dangers that threaten your feet. Summertime brings along it’s own set of potential risks. It’s up to you to take precautions against these threats.
- First and foremost: manage your diabetes! If you are eating healthy foods, staying at a healthy weight, cutting out cigarettes, and administering insulin (if necessary) then you should be able to avoid many diabetic complications.
- Check your feet daily for any changes. This means look for any cuts, scratches, bumps, or bruises that weren’t there before. Monitor them and if they look like they aren’t healing get yourself to a doctor as quick as you can.
- Apply sunscreen daily. Your feet can burn just like any other part of you can, and if the tops of your feet are exposed it’s very likely that they will be susceptible to sunburn.
- Wear supportive shoes. Although it’s summertime and you probably don’t want your feet confined to heavy shoes we recommend that you wear protective footwear at all times. There are diabetic sandals that still offer support, while maintaining a summer feel.
- Keep your feet and nails groomed. This means making sure you wash your feet every day with soap and water. Trim your nails when it’s necessary, but don’t over trim them. Make sure they stay at a safe length.
- Allow the blood to flow to your feet. You can even do this when sitting down by wiggling your toes or doing circles with your legs.
It’s very important to stay in control of your diabetes. It’s when things move past your control that it can become dangerous. If you notice anything wrong or out of the ordinary don’t hesitate to call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.
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