When you have diabetes, taking proper care of your feet is absolutely vital. Due to poor circulation and reduced kidney function, diabetics have a hard time fighting infection and heal very slowly from cuts, sores and wounds. Infections can cause serious complications that, if left untreated, may result in severe problems.
Poor circulation slows down healing even further. And since poor blood circulation most seriously affects the parts of the body that are farthest from the heart, feet are prone to issues. Diabetes can also damage nerves, stiffen joints, cause foot ulcers and a host of other health problems.
Here’s a quick list of tips to help you care for your feet.
- Wear the right shoes. We can recommend comfortable footwear ideal for diabetic feet.
- Wash (and inspect) your feet every day, and dry carefully between your toes.
- Moisturize your skin; dryness can lead to cracking and fissures.
- Don’t cut out or chemically treat your own corns or calluses – draw the line at cutting and filing your toenails and stay safe by letting a medical professional take care of the rest.
- Cut your nails straight across and file gently.
- Don’t soak your feet for long periods of time
- Don’t use hot water bottles or let your feet get too hot or too cold.
- NEVER IGNORE FOOT PAIN.
- Avoid walking barefoot – it can help prevent cuts.
- Make sure your shoes don’t have loose stitches inside that can cause cuts or blisters.
If you ever have questions, need help or are concerned about your feet, please contact us immediately.