5 Tips for Managing Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy in the Winter

For many people, cold weather can irritate the symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This can happen because of cold temperatures, bad weather, an abundance of sweet treats, and decreased activity. It's especially important to make sure to check your feet every day and call your doctor if you notice any problems.

To help you stay on top of your foot health in the cold, here are 5 tips for people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy in the winter:

  1. Wear socks and gloves every day: It's important to keep feet and hands warm and dry in the winter months. So invest in a good pair of gloves if you're spending time in the cold or you're outside a lot.
  2. Remember to stay active: With bad or dreary weather and it can sometimes be hard to get outside and go for a walk or stay active. Remember to get the recommended amount of physical activity from your doctor. It will help you maintain your overall health.
  3. Double-Check Your Socks and Shoes: Before putting on your socks and shoes make sure to check that there are no holes, breaks, or problems with them. Turn over your shoes to make sure there are no rocks or pebbles inside. A loose piece of fabric or hole in a sock can cause an injury.
  4. Avoid Caffeine and Smoking: Smoking or drinking too much caffeine can slow blood flow and cause blood vessels to constrict. It's important when it's cold out to keep the blood flowing throughout your body to keep you warm and healthy.
  5. Watch your feet: The holidays can be a busy time, but it's incredibly important to continue to check your feet. Don't forget to do regular foot checks to check for any signs of injury.

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