Protecting diabetic feet while away on holiday is just as important as looking after them when at home.
As a diabetic you know that it’s important to keep your feet healthy but you may not be a 100% sure why…
If your glucose levels remain high in your body for long periods of time, it may cause damage to the nerves and blood circulation which could affect your feet in certain ways.
Nerve damage often results in a condition called peripheral neuropathy and the symptoms can present in a few different ways, such as:
- Loss of sensation or feeling in the feet
- Change in shape of the feet
- Dryness in the feet from reduced sweat and oil production.
If your circulation has been affected by diabetes, you may experience:
- Cramping in your calves when you’re walking
- Pale, purple, red or cold feet
- Loss of hair on the feet and legs
- Thickened toenails
- Pain in your feet and night cramps
- Slow healing wounds which could put you at risk of infection if not cared for correctly.
Whether you experience any of these symptoms or not, it’s important to maintain healthy diabetic foot care habits and regularly see your podiatrist to help you prevent any potential problems from arising.
For more information, get your guide to maintaining healthy feet with diabetes.
Tips & advice to protect your holiday diabetic feet…
- If you’re travelling for long periods of time and sitting for a prolonged period, this can make your feet swell which may cause tightness and rubbing in your shoes. Keep your circulation flowing by standing, stretching and walking regularly throughout your journey.
- Keep up your daily foot care routines, it’s easy to be become very relaxed while away and forget to do them, make time daily to check and care for your feet.
- Always wear shoes wherever you go, they will help protect you from sharp objects, jagged edges and hot pavements when you’re exploring the sights.
- If you’re on a beach holiday, wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet to swim in to protect your feet from sharp objects hidden in the sand or rocks in the water.If you enjoy taking walks on the beach like I do, make sure you wear shoes especially if you have peripheral neuropathy and have lost the feeling in your feet. If you have lost the feeling in your feet you are not going to be able to feel the heat coming off the piping hot sand which could lead to blistering and more severe complications such as infection and ulcerations.
- Pack a first aid kit so that you can treat any small injuries straight away and then seek professional medical help as soon as possible, don’t wait until you get back home to see someone.
The biggest piece of advice I can give when you are enjoying your holiday with friends and family, and having fun in the sun, is keep up your foot care routines and don’t neglect your feet because prevention is always better than cure…
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