Race to Prevent Blisters if You Have Diabetes

Dr. Robert Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

Missy Foy is an Olympian marathon runner who also happens to have diabetes. She is proof that you can be both athletic and have control over this disease. If you’re a runner with this disease, you know that blistersand diabetes don’t mix. You must take steps to prevent blisters and maintain good foot health.

The most important thing to consider is the type of shoes you are wearing. Don’t pick a pair that is too tight on your feet and just assume you’ll “break them in” later. This could lead to blisters, which could lead to pain and infection down the road. Instead, find a good pair of running shoes that are comfortable and have plenty of room for your toes. Try them out and if they don’t feel right, even while you’re in the store, keep looking.

Socks are also an important consideration. If they are too loose, or made of a material that holds in moisture, friction may result. Look for moisture wicking materials, and take them with you when you are shopping.

If you do happen to develop a blister, you should take care of it right away. At the first sign of redness and swelling, wash your feet in warm water with antibacterial soap. Put a little bit of antibiotic cream on the blister, and cover it with a bandage. Call our office to schedule an appointment to ensure that the problem is resolved. Even though a blister seems like a small issue it could turn into a much more dangerous situation if it becomes infected.

For more tips on how to avoid blisters or for a foot exam, call Dr. Robert Parker today at (281) 497-2850. You can also schedule an appointment online. Just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you should give up running. At Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, we can help you manage your diabetes and keep your feet healthy for the long haul.

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