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is it harder to keep feet warm in the winter

By Anonymous November 27, 2011 - 5:46pm
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Do diabetics have a harder time keeping feet warm in the winter

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Dear Anon,

Diabetes often leads to peripheral vascular disease that inhibits a persons blood circulation. With this condition, there is a narrowing of the arteries that frequently leads to significantly decreased circulation in the lower part of the legs and the feet. Poor circulation contributes to diabetic foot problems by reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrition supplied to the skin and other tissue, causing injuries to heal poorly. Poor circulation can also lead to swelling and dryness of the foot. Preventing foot complications is more critical for the diabetic patient because poor circulation impairs the healing process and can lead to ulcers, infection, and other serious foot conditions.

It isn't harder for someone with Diabetes to keep their feet warm, but it is important to do so. If your feet are cold, wear seamless socks at night. Lined boots are good to keep your feet warm in the winter. Choose socks carefully. DO NOT wear socks with seams or bumpy areas. Choose padded socks to protect your feet and make walking more comfortable. In cold weather, check your feet often to keep your feet warm avoid frostbite.

Warm Wishes,


November 28, 2011 - 6:16am
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