Why Proper Foot Care is Important
If you are currently living with diabetes, it is essential that you take
care of your feet. Diabetes can make you more vulnerable to foot problems
because it can damage the nerves and reduce blood flow to this area. In
fact, the American Diabetes Association estimates that one in every five
patients with diabetes who seeks medical care does so for the treatment
of foot problems. Fortunately, most serious health problems that stem
from diabetes can be prevented through proper, and diligent, care.
“Diabetes is predictably unpredictable. Complications will arise,
but the key is to deal with them quickly and effectively.” –
Hassan Kobaissi, D.P.M. Podiatrics
Preventing Foot Problems Caused By Diabetes
Are you living with diabetes? Listed below are a few helpful foot care tips:
#1: Wash & Dry Your Feet Every Day:
- One of the most important ways to care for your feet is to wash and dry
them daily. Use mild soaps and warm water, and pat your skin dry when
you are done – do not rub them.
#2: Examine Your Feet Every Day:
- Apart from having your doctor examine your feet annually, you should also
inspect them daily. Look for dry, cracked skin and blisters, cuts or scratches.
Also check for ingrown toenails.
#3: Keep Your Skin Smooth & Soft:
- To prevent the skin on your feet from cracking, you should try to moisturize
them daily. Rub a thin coat of lotion on the top and bottom of your feet,
but not in between your toes.
#4: Take Care of Your Toenails:
- To prevent your toenails from growing into your skin, you should trim them
regularly. It is best to do this right after bathing, since they will
be soft. Cut them straight across.
#5: Wear Shoes & Socks at All Times:
- Wearing shoes and socks at all times is critical to protecting your feet.
Not only will this keep you from stepping on something sharp, but it will
help you avoid blisters and sores.
#6: Keep Blood Flowing in Your Feet:
- Diabetes can reduce the blood flow to your feet, so you should make it
a point to keep them active—even if you just wiggle your toes for
five minutes, two to three times a day.
#7: Wear Shoes that Fit Correctly:
- Ill-fitting shoes can further restrict the blood flow to your feet and
leave you susceptible to blisters or sores. Your shoes should be at least
½ inch longer than your longest toe.
Talk to your health care provider if you have concerns or questions about
proper foot care when living with diabetes.
This article contains general information about medical conditions and
treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as
such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis
of a physician.
If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should
consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.