Foot Care when Traveling (For People with Diabetes)
Why is foot care important for people who have diabetes?
When you have diabetes, taking good care of your feet is important — especially when traveling. Poor foot care can lead to serious problems.
Whether your trip includes skiing, touring city streets, walking sandy beaches, or making business presentations, you will probably spend a lot of time on your feet. This can increase the risk of foot problems.
Following the guidelines in this article will help you keep your feet healthy while you’re traveling so that you can enjoy your trip.
What should I do before I leave home?
Being well-prepared before you leave for your trip will help prevent problems. Follow these guidelines:
Talk to your doctor about your trip. Ask your doctor how you should care for your feet while you are traveling.
Write down your doctor’s phone number and a current medication list. Keep this information with you in your carry-on bag, purse, or wallet. This information will be helpful if you need to see a doctor away from home.
Wear medical identification that states you have diabetes.
What should I pack?
1. Comfortable shoes:
Break in stiff, new shoes before you leave for your trip to avoid foot irritation.
Plan to wear dress shoes or high-heeled shoes only when necessary.
Bring at least two pairs of shoes so you can switch pairs often. Changing shoes helps prevent blisters and sore pressure points.
2. Comfortable socks:
Socks with padding will protect troublesome pressure points.
Socks made with natural fibers, including cotton and wool, will keep moisture away from your skin and will protect yo Continue reading