Look after your Diabetic Feet in the Winter

People with diabetes often suffer with their feet particularly in the cold winter months. The Harpenden Osteopath Sports Injury clinic specialise in foot/gait related issues and want to offer advice to the most vulnerable this winter.

Why do diabetic patients suffer with their feet more in winter?

Diabetic patients are a higher risk due to problems with their circulation, the peripheral neuropathy and the problems associated with healing. Cold and wet weather can lead to cold and wet feet, which increases the risk of friction and tissues breakdown causing in shoe repetitive trauma, and also leads to the discomfort of cold feet.

In the winter there are a number of steps to assist you with circulation problems;

  1. Wear two pairs of light cotton socks instead of 1 big pair. It dissipates the friction and creates greater warmth through the layers of trapped air.
  2. Do not wear thick socks and tight shoes as this causes rubbing and tissue break down.
  3. Wear your orthotics and if you experience cold feet you can have them recovered with 3mm starsuede which is a warm top cover and provides cushioning as well as warmth.
  4. Buy a good winter shoe.  Walking or trail shoes are hard wearing, very supportive, deep enough for an orthotic and waterproof. They will keep your feet warm and dry in the winter and allow you to wear your orthotic device without taking too much room in the shoe. They also look good and can be worn with trousers.
  5. Avoid chilblains by drying feet and warming gently if they get cold and wet and make sure to dry insoles and shoes if they are wet. Stuff the front of shoes with newspaper so that they do not contract and feel tight next time you wear them.

Check your feet regularly – make sure that there are no issues developing. Prevention is the best cure.

If you are suffering from diabetes or want advice on your feet please call the clinic for a Gaitscan assessment today.