Foot Care is Key for Diabetics

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. As November marks National Diabetes Month, it’s a great time to discuss the importance of proper foot care for individuals with diabetes. Diabetes can cause nerve damage and poor circulation in your feet.

Here are essential diabetic foot care tips that will help you keep your feet healthy:

  • Inspect your feet daily. Look for anything unusual, such as a cut or abrasion, blisters, redness, or swelling. Even a tiny cut or scrape can become a serious problem if left untreated. Check the bottoms of your feet as well. Use a mirror or have someone else do it for you.
  • Don’t scrub your feet too hard. Wash your feet with cold water and mild soap daily. Dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes, to avoid fungal infections.
  • Be careful when you cut your nails. Cut your nails straight across and not too close to the skin to avoid ingrown toenails. If you find it hard, have a foot doctor (podiatrist) trim your toenails.
  • Always look on the inside of your shoes for things that don’t belong there or rough spots that could irritate your feet. Check to see if there are rocks or any sharp objects.
  • There are specialized shoes and socks for people with diabetes. Use orthopedic inserts or special fitted shoes to relieve pressure spots and keep your feet from deforming.
  • Avoid walking barefoot, even at home.
  • To keep your skin hydrated and from cracking, use a moisturizer safe for diabetics.
  • Being physically active will help blood circulation and keep your general foot health in check. Talk to your healthcare provider to find a workout plan that works for you.
  • Smoking hurts your circulation and can make foot problems worse.
  • Don’t miss your regular visits with your doctor and a podiatrist. They can keep an eye on your foot health and take care of any problems right away.

Foot care is incredibly vital for those with diabetes. Always be diligent about caring for your feet if you have diabetes. Your podiatrist is your go-to resource for all foot and ankle concerns.

The foot experts at Desert Podiatric Medical Specialists in the Tucson, Oro Valley, and Green Valley areas of Pima County, Arizona, have unparalleled experience treating all aspects of foot and ankle care. If you have any questions or concerns or want to make an appointment, please call (520) 575-0800.

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