It is that time of year again. The time when cookies and snacks are everywhere. It is the holiday season. The winter holidays are a great way to stay cheerful during the dark, cold part of the year. One mainstay of the holiday season is sweets. We all indulge a little. What harm can it do? Well if you are a person living with diabetes it can be a very dangerous time of year. First, the increase in caloric consumption with the addition of many sugary desserts can throw glucose control out of whack. Second, parties and family gatherings may inspire you to wear a new pair of shoes or a seldom worn pair of dress shoes.
This confluence of events can lead to a wound that will ultimately go on to ulceration. The foot of a diabetic person is a very fragile one. With the decreased sensation and blood flow that often mark the disease, ulcerations form and are very hard to heal. The very best treatment is prevention. How can you prevent yourself or someone you love from getting into trouble with their feet this holiday season? The most important thing is to be aware. Check your feet daily. Look for any red spots, cuts or calluses that were not there the day before. If you are wearing a new pair of shoes check to make sure they are not causing any calluses or blisters. If you have any questions or concerns don't hesitate to contact your podiatrist. Early detection and treatment are of critical importance in this matter. Don't wait until after the holidays to take care of yourself! Oh yeah, go easy on the desserts, you will be glad you did when those New Year's resolutions come around.
Committed to your health,
Dr. Craig Conti
Sarasota Foot Care Center