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Sandals and Diabetes: How to Stay Safe

Memorial Day is here and that means the unofficial start of summer! If you have diabetes you might be worrying about what to wear on your feet. You probably know that sandals and diabetes don’t exactly mix well, but if you take good care of your feet and manage your disease, your toes can stay cool this summer.

Sandals on the Beach

Since diabetes is known for damaging nerves, there are all sorts of complications that can develop. One of the main concerns is peripheral neuropathy, which affects your outer limbs. You might not be able to feel a wound or differentiate between hot and cold. This is why diabetics and sandals don’t always go well together. Flip-flops don’t protect your feet the way tennis shoes do. You could scrape your foot on a rock, or cut it on a piece of broken glass, and you might not even be able to feel it. If you spend any time barefoot you could burn your soles on the hot pavement.

However, if you do daily foot checks to make sure everything is normal and healthy, you may be able to wear good supportive sandals occasionally. Keeping close tabs on your feet should allow you to be comfortable as well as safe. Close observations can alert you to such problems as blisters, calluses, cuts or scrapes, and, most importantly, foot ulcers. In the event of any problematic foot conditions, you should see your podiatrist immediately to get the problem fixed. Don’t assume it will go away on its own; it will likely get worse over time.

If you notice even a small sore, call Dr. Marco Vargas and Dr. Joyce Lee at 888-784-5335 to schedule an appointment right away. At Foot and Ankle Associates in Houston, TX we are dedicated to the overall health of your body, starting with your foot safety. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more helpful information.

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Foot & Ankle Associates located in Sugar Land, Texas (TX) and Houston, Texas (TX) treats all medical and surgical foot and ankle conditions. Over 25,000 happy patients have found relief for their foot and ankle pain with the help of licensed podiatrist, Dr. Marco Vargas. can help bring you foot and ankle pain relief.

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