Neuropathy is one of the conditions that commonly affects patients suffering from diabetes. Diabetic Neuropathic Pain (DNP) is partly due to insufficient blood supply to nerve endings in hands and mostly in feet. Patients with diabetes may experience decreased circulation, pain, tingling or numbness in their feet all the times regardless of the weather being warm or cold, but in the winter, the cold and wet climate makes it more important important to keep feet at the proper temperature and dry, these concerns may become more problematic.
Diabetic patients should give their feet extra attention now that winter is here. Diabetic people are known to be more prone to impaired blood circulation and certain nerve issues. Depending on the changes they observe, they should make a choice. To acquire a proper diagnosis and care for your feet throughout the winter, it is preferable to see a doctor right away. To learn more about how patients should keep their feet healthy during the winter, see the section after this one.
It is crucial to keep busy during the winter while also allowing yourself time to unwind and recover. Your feet will be exposed to a variety of climate differences that can cause issues if your day comprises going to work, exercising, going out to supper before returning home, as well as other winter activities.
The Physiomobility team can address and offer services for a variety of foot-related issues, including cold feet in particular. These services include:
- Treatment for chronic foot pain related to diabetes and arthritis by a physiotherapist
- Manage pain related to diabetic neuropathy by a physiotherapist or acupuncturist
- Proper footwear or orthotic inserts to reduce pressure points on feet by foot care specialist/chiropodist
You may also be more susceptible to inflammation and toenail and foot fungus due to the contrast between hot and cold, wet and dry conditions. It may be advisable for these people to speak with a trained chiropodist, such a specialist from Physiomobility, in instances like the ones mentioned above when cold feet or general foot care may be a continuing concern, for advice and/or treatment choices tailored to their individual needs.
Yomi (2021). Cold Weather Tips for Diabetic Foot Care. Deniel Foot & Ankle Center. https://denielfootandanklecenter.com/cold-foot-care/