Sitting near bonfire or giving heat therapy by hot water bottle in winter season may damage the feet of diabetic patients. The doctors stated that the feet could be burnt or patients may see blisters in the sole of feet. The patients with such problems are increasing in, said Dr Parminder Singh of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). Dr Parminder Singh, Professor and Head of Endocrinology at DMCH said that this is a very common problem and every year, we get such patients with blisters and burn injuries in the feet in winter season, especially after Lohri.
This happens because in diabetes, nerves are affected resulting in decreased sensation in the feet. Normally, whenever indivisual feels heat, a person withdraws his feet from the heater or hot water bottle or any other source of heat. However diabetic patients don’t feel much heat thus resulting into thermal injury to the sole. This phenomenon occurs in summer also when diabetic patients prefer walking bare feet on hot surface like on hot marble floor in Temple or Gurudwara in the month of May or June.
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