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Posts for: February, 2017

Diabetic foot care during the winter months

It is always important to take care of your feet, but it is especially important for diabetics to take care of their feet.  They are prone to more problems due to the cold and dryness. 

It is important to check your feet often.  The lower temperatures can enhance neuropathy making it easier to for blisters, sores or trauma to occur on the foot without knowledge of it happening.

Make sure to keep your feet warm and dry.  If you have decreased sensation and you become exposed to the cold you can be exposed to frostbite so it is important to double check that all your skin is covered when going outside.

Clean and moisturize your feet daily.  Make sure to completely dry your feet and apply a moisturizer.  This keeps the skin from cracking which can cause the skin to break down and wounds to form.

Make sure to wear the correct footwear.  It should be supportive, correct fitting, and allow enough room in the toe box so your toes can wiggle.

If you are diabetic it is recommended to see a podiatrist at least once per year.  Contact Us at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS

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How to prevent injury in the winter.

Winter tends to be a time where most people are less active.  It is important to keep moving in the winter to keep your blood flowing and improve your circulation.  If you have a lack of circulation to your feet it can lead to other more serious problems.  It is best to make sure you are safe when you are active in the winter and here are a few things to consider

Be aware of your surroundings.  One wrong step and you can fall and get injured.  Take small steps if it is slippery outside. 

Traction cleats are a good idea if you are outside quite a bit.  They attach easily to most shoes and help provide traction.

Cold weather can decrease your flexibility.  If you are going for a walk or run make sure to warm up and stretch before.

If you injured yourself and are in need of footcare, contact us at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS

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What are the right socks to wear during the winter?


Even though the correct shoes or boots are important for winter, it is also important to have the right socks.  You want socks that are going to keep your feet warm and dry.

A sock liner is one of the easiest ways to keep your feet warm.  A sock liner is a very inexpensive polyester sock.  It is usually worn underneath a pair of wool or regular socks to keep them insulated.

Wool socks are also a good idea for winter.  They usually are pretty thick which keeps your feet warmer.  They can also repel water which keeps your feet dry.  They can usually wick away up to 1/3 of their weight in water vapor before they feel wet.

If your feet are always cold and you need help figuring out what your next step is Contact Us at Our Bismarck Office to Request an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS today.

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What type of shoes are best for the winter?


It is important to take care of your feet in the winter.  One of the most important things you can do is wear the right type of shoe.  You want to choose a shoe or boot that is supportive.  This keeps your feet feeling good.  If you live somewhere with a lot of snow or ice, you might want to wear a boot instead.  Here are a few things to look for when choosing what to wear.

  1.  Make sure the shoe/boot has a lot of support.  This is especially important if you are on your feet a lot.
  2. Choose something that has good grip.  You want to avoid something that is going to cause you to trip or fall.
  3. Allow adequate room for socks.  It is important to keep your feet warm and to do this you usually need to wear thicker socks or even two pairs.  When trying on shoes make sure you have the socks with you that you would be wearing to ensure you are getting the correct size.
  4. If you will be in snow you might want to consider a boot that is water proof.  This will keep moisture out and keep your feet warmer.

If you are having pain in your feet when you wear your winter shoes Contact Us at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic today to Request an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS.