- Visit the podiatrist before you go.
If it’s been a year or more since your last diabetic foot exam, consider making an appointment with board-certified podiatrist Kenneth R. Wilhelm before you travel this summer. Diabetes affects the nerves and blood vessels of the feet, making it difficult for many people with diabetes to detect a foot problem. We recommend a complete checkup to lower the possibility that foot troubles cut your vacation short.
- Pack the proper diabetic footwear.
The right shoes will protect you from hot pavement and sharp objects. They will also provide adequate support. Leave flimsy sandals at home and never walk around with bare feet.
- Keep your meds close at hand.
If you’re traveling by plane, pack your medications in a carry-on bag if your checked luggage takes a different path. And since you can’t be sure you’ll find a pharmacy with your prescription information, be sure to pack enough medication to last your entire trip.
- Stick to your diet.
Although it may to tempting to veer off your eating plan, doing so may cause unwanted swings in your blood sugar levels. Try to eat the foods you’re used to, staying away from heavy fried foods and large doses of carbohydrates. It’s also a good idea to pack some snacks for those times when you can’t stick to a regular meal schedule. Some snack ideas: individual packs of nuts, nut butter, or dried fruits; granola bars; raw vegetables; small bags of popcorn.
- Check your blood sugar often.
You’re doing and eating different things on vacation. You may be more active than usual. You may be getting less sleep than usual. All these things can affect your blood sugar, so keep a close watch on your numbers.
Whether you’re traveling within Fairfax County and the greater Washington D.C. area or crisscrossing the country, all of us at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center wish you a great summer vacation, free from foot concerns. Go in health! If your feet do need attention, we welcome you to our office in Centreville, Virginia. Contact us online or call (703) 996-3000 for an appointment with Dr. Wilhelm.