Summer foot problems are magnified for diabetics, who often suffer from neuropathy, or numbness, in their feet. “I tell them not to go outside barefoot,” podiatrist Dr. Matthew Babich says. “One patient went out to get the mail on a 112-degree day on hot asphalt. They walk out slowly, stand at the mailbox, walk on back. They might as well have walked on an iron.”
|Dr. Matthew Babich
Some diabetics know what to do, he says; others haven’t a clue. “I’ve pulled out of red, swollen feet a gold clasp from a necklace. That’s on top of needles, staples, wood, glass.” A blister between the toes of a healthy person tends to heal; not necessarily so for a diabetic, he says. He has had some tell him, “I can’t believe I got a blister from flip-flops and am now in the hospital on IV antibiotics.”
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.