Cold feet can be a sign of poor circulation or it can signal an even more serious problem, diabetes.
Those with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are likely to suffer from chilly feet as well as diabetic neuropathy.
Neuropathy often includes sharp stabbing pains and numbness, but it can be managed.
- Always wear shoes! This will protect your feet from bumps or scrapes you can’t detect due to neuropathy and protect you from developing a wound and subsequent infection.
- Check your feet often, at least once a day! This goes for all diabetics, but if you do develop a wound, you need to detect it as soon as possible.
- Choose shoes with a wide toe box and lots of protection. Cover those vulnerable toes!
- Keep your home clean and free of obstacles that could cause you to trip, particularly at night!
- Avoid soaking your feet in hot, hot water which could result in a thermal burn. For example, if you’re going to have a pedicure, make sure it’s a healthy pedicure that takes place under conditions that are safe for diabetics. Many salons use appropriate sterilization for the instruments, but that isn’t where infections are likely to come from. Make you sure you take your own nail polish. A lot of salons will put a color on your nails and where does the brush go? Right back in the bottle, and so it went with the 50 people before you that came in contact with that brush.
Bottom line: Pay attention to your cold feet! It could be a sign of a more serious problem.
If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.
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