People with diabetes should take extra precautions with foot care during the summer months to prevent serious injury. The summer can bring about many concerns with diabetic foot care that include: dryness, swelling, cracking, and burns and blistering from walking barefoot on hot pavement.
The following tips, as mentioned by the American Foundation for the Blind, can help protect your feet during the summer months!
- Never walk barefoot on the beach, at the pool, in the locker room, or inside your house. This will help you avoid sharp objects, burns from hot pavement or sand, abrasions from rough, anti-slip surfaces, and contact with viruses or bacteria, which can lead to fungal infections or other foot problems.
- Apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet to protect against sunburn.
- Use caution when walking or getting your feet too close to campfires.
- If needed, moisturize your feet, but do not apply lotion between your toes.
- Wear support stockings and elevate your feet when possible if you experience swelling. This can help to prevent impaired circulation and nerve function.