Diabetic foot care is always important, but winter can make keeping your feet healthy an even bigger challenge, considering the health threats like numbness and decreased circulation. “Winter moisture, cold, and dryness increase the risk of a diabetes foot problem,” says Michael Shlonsky, DPM, a foot specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. About 15 to 20 percent of people with diabetes end up in the hospital because of a foot ulcer or infection, and in some cases these foot problems can lead to amputation. These tips can help you care for your tootsies.