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Dry Skin and Diabetes Make a Bad Pair

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Connecticut has a sleeping giant in Hamden. Not a real one, of course—it’s a several-mile stretch of hill tops that reminded some residents of a dozing giant, giving rise to the name for the local Sleeping Giant State Park. The park is free for visitors and is a great place to enjoy the natural beauty of New England. As the season gets colder, though, you run the risk of developing unpleasantly dry skin from exposure to drier air. This is particularly a problem if you have diabetes, since dry skin and diabetes don’t mix well.

Low humidity and extreme temperatures—especially the cold—are among the common factors that dry out a person’s skin. Systemic conditions like diabetes already make you prone to dryness, particularly in vulnerable areas like your feet, which can be a real problem. Dry skin is tight and inflexible. Pressure and friction can create cracks and cause peeling. These breaks in the skin can then allow infections to develop.

Since diabetes weakens your immune system responses, your body has a hard time fighting even minor infections in your feet and ankles. You need your skin to stay healthy and whole, not dry and splitting, to avoid the potential complications that can arise.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to combat dryness. Wash your feet daily with gentle, moisturizing soaps, and pat them dry with a towel instead of rubbing vigorously. Apply an ointment or lotion and wear clean, fitted socks to lock in the moisture. If normal lotions are not enough, vegetable oil or petroleum jelly are excellent substitutes. Drink plenty of water to keep your whole body hydrated as well.

Dry skin and diabetes may make terrible partners, but you don’t have to let either limit you or cause you discomfort. Take care of your skin and keep your lower limbs healthy. Let our team at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford and Hamden, Connecticut, help you. Just use our website or call us to make an appointment: call (203) 876-7736 for the Milford location, or (203) 288-4055 for the office in Hamden.

 

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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