Do You Have Diabetic Feet?
Get The Tips You Need
Individuals with Diabetes often have trouble with their feet. This is in part due to the loss of feeling in the feet that makes it difficult to tell if there is a blister or sore present. If these wounds on the feet are not taken care of, they can develop into ulcers. Left unattended, ulcers become infected and in some cases result in amputation. This is why it is so important for persons with Diabetes to have regular foot care performed by a professional.
TIPS TO AVOID FOOT PROBLEMS:
- Wash your feet every day with lukewarm (not hot) water and mild soap.
Dry your feet well, especially between the toes. Use a soft towel and pat gently; don’t rub.
- Keep the skin of your feet smooth by applying a cream or lanolin lotion, especially on the heels. If the skin is cracked, talk to your doctor about how to treat it.
- Keep your feet dry by dusting them with no medicated powder before putting on shoes, socks or stockings.
- Check your feet every day. You may need a mirror to look at the bottoms of your feet.
- Call your doctor if you have redness, swelling, pain that doesn’t go away, numbness or tingling in any part of your foot.
- Don’t treat calluses, corns or bunions without talking to your doctor first.
- Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. It might help to soak your toenails in warm water to soften them before you cut them. File the edges of your toenails carefully.
- Don’t let your feet get too hot or too cold.
- Don’t go barefoot.