People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to notice pain and or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you didn't know it was there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation. If you have diabetes you're most likely aware of this information. However, you may not be aware of how to deal with it. ⤵
Well, how should I deal with it then?
If you have diabetes, having a simple foot care routine can help prevent serious long-term health problems associated with diabetes. At Axis Foot & Ankle Clinic, we recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing complications:
- Wash your feet daily. Keep your feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water. Be sure to dry thoroughly
- Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection
- Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; you can visit your podiatrist or our office for assistance with this. Cutting straight across keeps the nail from growing into the sides of the toe creating what is called an ingrown toenail
- Check for corns and calluses. Never treat corns and calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment
- Protect your feet from hot and cold temperatures
- Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting. Don't sit cross-legged and stay active
- Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling, and or nail problems
- Avoid Smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow and therefore makes it difficult to provide cells with the nutrients that they need
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and avoid walking barefoot
- Visit your podiatrist for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems
At Axis Foot & Ankle Clinic, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. That's why we're always practicing with the best methods and knowledge available in the podiatric medical world to make our diabetic patients more comfortable. We work with our diabetic patients to create treatment plans that fit their lifestyles. We'll always try our hardest to get them back on their feet so that they can enjoy the things they love.
Remember to inspect your feet every day if you have diabetes. This is very important because you never know what you'll step on in a day. Be sure to visit your podiatrist if you find a problem with your feet, delaying a visit may cause more problems!