With the warm temperatures here, most of us are pulling out our sandals and summer footwear. It is even tempting to want to run around with no shoes on at all! Even though this may not seem like a big deal, there is a purpose for shoes, especially for those with diabetes.
Walking around barefoot can cause our feet to become rough, callused, and even injured if we aren’t careful. But those who suffer from diabetes can face far worse complications if walking around barefoot. Diabetics are more prone to infection, don’t have great circulation to their feet and a lot of times loose sensation in their feet. Often times a simple scrap or cut from something on the ground can turn into a dangerous ulcer, and if left untreated can lead to amputation.
There is a simple solution to keeping your feet safe this summer…wear shoes! Keeping supportive footwear on at all times when outside will save you from infections and complications with your feet. Make sure you are taking good care of your feet by practicing these diabetic foot care techniques, and visiting your local podiatrist on a regular basis. Dr. Evan Merrill deals with diabetes daily and is well educated on taking the necessary steps to keeping your feet healthy.
Don’t feel confined by your feet. If you remember to take good care of them, you will be able to enjoy all the fun that summer has to offer. Make sure you visit us at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle LLC to help with all of your foot care needs. We are here to help make your life easier and improve your foot health. Call us at 541-776-3338 or make an appointment online.