Summer Foot Care Tips

Caring for your feet is an important part of diabetes management. Here are some pointers for foot care during the Summer months:

  1. Keep feet clean and dry: Wash your feet daily with mild soap and lukewarm water. Make sure to thoroughly dry them, especially between the toes, to prevent fungal infections.
  2. Protect from heat: Avoid walking barefoot on hot surfaces, as diabetes can reduce sensitivity to temperature. Use sandals or breathable footwear to prevent burns.
  3. Choose the right footwear: Opt for comfortable shoes that provide proper support and cushioning. Make sure they fit well to prevent friction and blisters.
  4. Inspect feet daily: Check your feet for any cuts, blisters, sores, or changes in color. Catching problems early can help prevent complications.
  5. Moisturize: Use a diabetic-friendly moisturizer to prevent dry skin, but avoid applying it between the toes to prevent fungal growth.
  6. Trim toenails carefully: Cut your toenails straight across and not too short to avoid ingrown nails. If you have difficulty doing this yourself, consider seeking professional help.
  7. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain good circulation and keep your skin healthy.
  8. Protect against sunburn: Apply sunscreen to your feet if they’re exposed to the sun, as diabetes can make skin more sensitive to UV rays.
  9. Stay active: Regular exercise improves circulation and helps manage blood sugar levels. Just be sure to wear appropriate footwear to avoid blisters or injuries.
  10. Stay mindful of swelling: Heat can cause feet to swell, so monitor for any changes in size or discomfort. If swelling persists, consult your healthcare provider.
  11. Stay vigilant with blood sugar control: Good blood sugar management is essential for overall health and to reduce the risk of complications affecting the feet.
  12. Consult a professional: If you notice any issues or have concerns about your foot health, consult a podiatrist or healthcare provider specializing in diabetes care.

Remember, each individual’s needs may vary, so it’s important to work closely with your healthcare team to develop a foot care plan that’s right for you.

Make an appointment with a Podiatrist.