Although anyone can have problems with their feet, the possibility of developing even a common foot issue, such as an ingrown toenail, can lead to infection or serious complications and even amputation for diabetics, Hardin Memorial Health podiatrist Russell McKinley, DPM, said. McKinley said patients with diabetes are prone to poor blood circulation and nerve disease in their extremities. As such, it is important they don’t solely rely on senses, but instead make decisions based on factors, such as a change in climate, to help maintain healthy feet.
|Dr. Russell McKinley
When the weather becomes colder, or includes snow, rain, and slushy conditions, the potential for dampness exists. McKinley said moisture that collects between socks and feet and toes can form bacteria, which might lead to infection.
Source: Mary Alford, The News-Enterprise [2/5/18]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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