If you have diabetes you have a lot more in common with celebrities like Halle Berry and Tom Hanks than you probably thought. They might be famous, but they, too, have to monitor their glucose levels and practice good diabetic foot care.
One of the most important things you need to do for your feet is to check them daily. One of the complications of this condition that can arise is peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage. This can cause a loss of feeling so it might be hard to know when you hurt yourself. Using your eyes as a tool for anything out of the ordinary is extremely important, since you may not be able to trust your sense of feeling.
To avoid a problem in the first place, you need to think about protecting your feet. Keep them cleaned, washed, and groomed. Wear foot coverings at all times; even while at home you should be wearing socks or slippers. Investing in a good pair of orthopedic shoes might be just what you need to provide your feet with support and comfort.
If you have diabetes you should be under the care of a podiatrist for regular check-ups—at least once or twice a year. If you have questions on how to care for your feet, call Dr. Mitchell Wachtel at 888-616-2512 to schedule an appointment in one of three Massachusetts office locations. We are on your side when it comes to having healthy feet.