Living a healthy and productive life requires careful foot care for diabetics, and the summer presents special challenges for those diagnosed with this condition. Common summer activities like walking barefoot or in sandals can pose problems, and water activities such as swimming and boating also create hazards for the diabetic’s feet. Fortunately there are some simple steps to protect and care for diabetic feet that will allow a summer full of fun without injury, pain or discomfort.
Adjust Your Approach
A moonlight stroll barefoot on the beach or an afternoon shopping in a fashionable pair of sandals may cause the diabetic’s feet to suffer injury. A rock, piece of wire or glass on the beach can pierce the skin, uncomfortable for most, but potentially devastating for a person with diabetes. The straps of even a high quality pair of sandals can rub and cause raw spots, also a high risk occurrence for the diabetic. Because the circulation of blood to the hands and feet can be compromised for those with diabetes, nerve damage can occur, making it difficult for the person to feel pain and attend to injuries to the extremities. Freewheeling, shoe less days of summer are not a wise lifestyle choice; well fitting shoes or supportive sandals must be worn at all times, preferably with socks.
Avoid the Opportunistic Infection
Appropriate footwear and stockings help prevent foot issues for diabetics in a couple of ways. First, calluses, blisters and rubbed areas will not develop as easily if you are sure to have your feet measured every time you make a new shoe purchase. Do not depend on what you think your size is as changes in weight and simply aging can affect the size and shape of your feet. Different makers and even styles of shoes within a company’s range vary widely in how they fit, so go to a reputable shoe store and cultivate a competent shoe salesperson when there to ensure proper fit. Secondly, close fitting socks wick away moisture, reducing the possibility of fungal infections that are notoriously difficult to treat when diabetes complicates the situation. The soft stockings also guard against rubbing and abrasions of toes and heels.
Resist the temptation to splurge on inexpensive sandals or water shoes and follow the same advice as far a professional fitting goes for these types of footwear. You may spend a bit more, but your feet will thank you when they are cool and comfortable all summer long rather than blistered and possibly infected. Foot infections for those with diabetes are no small thing. You do not want to risk serious infection with consequences ranging from pain and inconvenience to surgery to amputation.
Foot Care Products for Diabetics at Valentino Garemi
Browse the pages of our foot care and treatment solutions and you will find a large number of formulations made specifically for those dealing with diabetes or for use by all, but tested and found appropriate to apply when diabetes is present. Allpresan and Camillen both feature a number of lighter than air foams, the mousse-like formulation easily applied to even the most delicate and damaged skin. Developed in many instances with diabetic feet in mind, these gentle but effective foams treat and moisturize without clogging pores, essential for healthy feet that need to breathe, particularly important for those who have diabetes.
Footlogix is also a brand carried by Valentino Garemi with some products suitable for diabetic feet. For example their Footlogix Very Dry Skin Formula 3 is fragrance, dye and preservative-free, minimizing irritation for those who deal with diabetes daily. Gehwol is another name to trust, with some specialized products safe for diabetics, such as their Fusskraft Nail and Skin Protection Spray that treats fungal infections of the skin and toenails.
Prepare Well to Have Fun in the Sun
With quality foot care and treatment products for diabetics on your team, there is no reason not to thoroughly enjoy summertime fun. Follow the above tips and invest in high quality diabetic foot care products from our Canadian online store. You will be ready to jump right in and have a great time this summer.
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