If you suffer from diabetes, proper foot care is critical! Diabetics are prone to a variety of foot problems and need to pay special attention to their feet. In fact, ignoring even the smallest cut or nick could lead to a catastrophic outcome, like amputation.
If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day. Look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and nail problems. Get someone to help you, or use a mirror. This is the first step in your arsenal for keeping those feet healthy.
In addition to inspecting your feet, here are some basic, but helpful ways to care for your feet and lower your risk of problems.
Diabetic Foot Care Tips:
- Always keep your feet warm.
- Don’t get your feet wet in snow (not too hard to avoid here in Florida) or rain.
- Don’t smoke or sit cross-legged. Both decrease blood supply to your feet.
- Don’t soak your feet, unless using a special solution specifically designed for diabetics.
- Don’t use antiseptic solutions, drugstore medications, heating pads or sharp instruments on your feet.
- Trim your toenails straight across. Avoid cutting the corners. Use a nail file or emery board. If you have an ingrown toenail, contact your podiatrist immediately.
- Use quality lotion to keep the skin of your feet soft and moist, but don’t put any lotion between your toes.
- Wash your feet every day with mild soap and warm water.
- Wear loose socks to bed.
- Wear warm socks and shoes in winter.
- When drying your feet, pat each foot with a towel and be careful between your toes.
- Don’t lace your shoes too tightly or loosely.
- Choose socks and stockings carefully. Wear clean, dry socks every day. Avoid socks with holes or wrinkles. Thin cotton socks are more absorbent for summer wear. Square-toes socks will not squeeze your toes. Avoid stockings with elastic tops.
Faithfully following these simple steps can go a long way in decreasing your chance of major foot problems. And remember, one of the best things you can do for your feet and overall health as a diabetic is watch your blood sugar! Living with diabetes doesn’t have to mean a death sentence for you or your feet!
If you would like to learn more about taking care of your feet, or if you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.
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