Summertime Foot Care for Patients with Diabetes

When you are creating your summer fun plans, this year or any year, keep the following tips in mind.

Bring Foot Protection – Even at the Beach!

You may want nothing more than to bury your feet into some soft, warm sand, but there are plenty of hidden dangers that can cause an injury. Sand can be a lot hotter than it first appears, and there can also be buried surprises such as bottle caps and glass.

When walking around on sand, wearing beach shoes such as sandals, aqua socks, or Crocs will give you some added protection. If you want to put your bare feet into the sand from your station on a beach towel or chair, we can’t really stop you from doing so—all we ask is that, if you do, to thoroughly test the temperature and conditions of the sand with your hands before doing so (or have a loved one do it for you).

Foot protection is also important at places such as around public pools and in public showers. A pair of shower shoes or aqua socks will help protect your feet from picking up fungal conditions such as athlete’s foot or fungal toenails. The same type of fungus can cause both conditions, so one problem can increase your risk of developing one dramatically!

Prevent Drying Out

Depending on the conditions, the heat and dryness of summer can accelerate fluid loss. The feet are particularly susceptible to drying out as they do not contain as many protective oil glands as other parts of the skin.

Be prudent in your application of moisturizer. Use only a thin layer for the top and bottom of each foot, and do not put any between your toes. Just like those pools and locker rooms above, the space between your toes is a good place for trapping moisture and warmth—just what fungus loves.

Keep Your Toenails Trimmed Well

If you do plan to spend more time in open-toed footwear such as sandals (and sandals with good, protective arch support and straps are way better than flip-flops, which you should simply not be wearing), you will want to keep your toenails in check.

You should always keep your toenails neatly trimmed, but summer is an especially important time. If your nails are long and jagged, you are more likely cut yourself on them without being aware of it. But even when you are in shoes and socks, “snaggy” toenail edges can catch the inside of your sock and damage the nail.

When you trim your nails, always use the same, clean pair of trimmers and cut straight across to help avoid ingrown toenails. If your corners are sharp, use a nail file or emery board to lightly take the edges off.

Continue Your Daily Foot Inspections

Keeping track of what’s happening at foot level will always be the number one best way to care for your feet especially if you have diabetes. Detecting problems early means we can do something about them before they have a chance to develop into ulcers, infections, and other serious problems.

Look for any sort of injuries, cuts, bruising, discoloration, ingrown toenails, warts, fungus—basically anything on your feet that really should not be there. If you do see something, give us a call so we can keep it in our records. We may just ask you to keep an eye on it for the next few days, but we will schedule an appointment with you if it sounds like a more immediate concern.

Diabetic Foot Care for All Seasons

Whether it is summer, winter, spring, or autumn, staying up to date on your diabetic foot care can help ensure many more comfortable and healthy seasons to come.

At Trinity Foot Center, we provide expert care for diabetic feet of all ages, including treatment for immediate problems such as wounds and care plans to help ensure future problems don’t arise. We also work with patients to help maintain or improve circulation and fight the effects of peripheral neuropathy.

Give our DeSoto office a call at (972) 293-9650 or fill out our online contact form to have a member of our staff reach out to you.

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1801 N. Hampton Road
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DeSoto, TX 75115

Inside the Inwood National Bank Building on the 3rd Floor

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