Podiatry Center of New Jersey appreciates the opportunity to provide patient education, so when temperatures drop, we advise that you maintain a higher standard of foot care. The reason is simple: Colder weather can exacerbate some problems with skin, blood flow, and nerve damage that are frequent offenders in a podiatry practice! At this time of year, our team sees many patients presenting with these issues, and education might have prevented their occurrence.


In particular, we worry about those of you who might be managing diabetes, as the chronic condition makes all of the issues mentioned above more difficult to deal with. This post will cover three different ways winter weather exacerbates the impact of diabetes on your feet. 


Warning #1: Watch for Reduced Blood Circulation

Cold temperatures lead to vasoconstriction, reducing blood flow to the extremities. For individuals with diabetes, this poses a significant concern. Compromised circulation hinders the body’s ability to heal and fight infections. It can also signal other conditions like Raynaud’s disease. To counteract, keep your feet warm by staying active and wearing insulated socks or footwear. 


Warning #2: Don’t Dismiss Dry Skin and Cracked Heels

The combination of cold air and indoor heating results in dry, cracked skin on the feet. People with diabetes are more prone to skin issues, and cracked skin can provide entry points for bacteria, potentially leading to infections. Regular moisturizing with a diabetes-friendly lotion and wearing moisture-wicking socks can help combat dryness and maintain skin integrity.


Warning #3: Do Not Forget About Frostbite

Diabetic neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, can reduce sensitivity to temperature changes. This lack of sensation puts individuals at a higher risk of frostbite, especially in extremities like the feet. It is crucial to check feet regularly for signs of frostbite, such as numbness or discoloration, and to avoid prolonged exposure to extreme cold.


At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, our doctors treat various conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problemspediatric foot conditionstoe deformitiesarthritisnail fungus, arch problems, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and dedicated staff, our 16 conveniently located offices provide individualized high-quality care for patients across Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Ocean, Passaic, and Union Counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne, NJ office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.