Diabetes Foot Care
When you have diabetes, proper foot care is very important!! Diabetes is a serious disease that can cause debilitating nerve pain.
As a person with diabetes, you are more vulnerable to foot problems, because diabetes can damage your nerves and reduce blood flow to your feet. The American Diabetes Association estimates that one in five people with diabetes who seek hospital care do so for foot problems. By taking proper care of your feet, most serious health problems associated with diabetes can be prevented.
Here are some diabetes foot care tips to follow.
Wash and Dry Your Feet Daily
- Use mild soaps
- Use warm water
- Pat your skin dry; do not rub. Thoroughly dry your feet.
- After washing, use lotion on your feet to prevent cracking. Do not put lotion between your toes.
Examine Your Feet Each Day
- Check the tops and bottoms of your feet. Have someone else look at your feet if you cannot see them.
- Check for dry, cracked skin.
- Look for blisters, cuts, scratches, or other sores.
- Check for redness, increased warmth, or tenderness when touching any area of your feet.
- Check for ingrown toenails, corns, and calluses.
- If you get a blister or sore from your shoes, do not "pop" it. Apply a bandage and wear a different pair of shoes.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
Keep sugars under control. * Protect feet with hosiery. * Never walk barefoot. * Keep nails trimmed and prevent ingrown nail.
As a preventive measure we recommend evaluation by a foot doctor once every three months if you have a corn callous or thickened nail and if no pathology, once a year.
Shoegear can cause multiple sores due to improper shoegear, you may need extra depth shoes.
We have a shoe store within our North Andover office. We provide all types of shoes ranging from diabetic shoes to sneakers and walking shoes to stylish shoes for women. All of these shoes are fitted to your foot and can accomodate orthotics, braces, deformities, etc. Come in and take a look!