It’s crazy to think that it’s almost May already. Spring, or what we’re calling “spring”, is basically over. As it gets warmer out, people tend to wear less on their feet. Whether you’re a diabetic or not, with summer right around the corner, it’s important to be cognizant and cautious in regards to what type of risks summer footwear brings. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you and your feet start to enjoy the warm weather –
- Never Go Barefoot!
Don’t walk barefoot on the beach, at the pool, or on pavement. Walking barefoot puts you at ricks of stepping on something and getting hurt, and burning your feet on hot sand.
- Resist the Urge to Wear Uncomfortable Shoes
Trendy sandals and flimsy flip-flops may look cute, but they’re not worth the risk. Always wear comfortable shoes that fit well. Make sure the inside of your shoes are smooth and nothing rubs against your feet. It’s best to always wear socks with shoes.
- Apply Sunscreen to your Feet
Lathering the tops and bottoms of your feet and toes with sunscreen will keep them from getting sunburnt.
- Be Wary About Getting Pedicures
Summer gives you the opportunity to show off pretty, polished toes. The American Diabetes Association says it’s safe for people with diabetes to get pedicures under certain conditions. First, make sure you don’t have any foot complications. Skip a pedicure if you have a cut or uncontrolled neuropathy. Then, make sure you choose a clean salon with a good reputation. Tell the technician that you have diabetes – they should fill the tub with cooler water and give you a gentler massage. Request that he or she not clip your cuticles or file your calluses, and ask that he or she trim your toenails straight across.
- Stay on Top of your Foot Care
Keep up with your regular foot care habits by checking your feet for injury each day, and treating wounds right away. See your doctor if an injury doesn’t heal. Also, make sure to wash your feet thoroughly each night.
When the weather gets nice, make sure to be conscious of your feet otherwise you’re in for some trouble.