Want to take care of your feet on a daily basis?
Dry skin is often a big problem with many diabetics. It can eventually lead to cracking skin which can get infected. By practicing healthy foot hygiene you can avoid dry, cracking skin and infection. You can do this by doing the following:
Avoid harsh soaps. Using harsh soaps will only create more dry skin. DO NOT apply any moisturizer between your toes. Doing so will make your foot more susceptible to a fungal infection.
After washing apply a lotion. Do not apply lotion between your toes and avoid using creams. Many creams contain alcohol which will only dry the skin further.
When drying and washing do not rub. A gentle touch can be applied with patting motions to avoid peeling off a layer of skin. You will also avoid scratching your foot.
Inspect your feet. Every time you wash your feet or take off your shoe, you should inspect your feet for scratches, sores, blisters and toenail problems. Unnoticed wounds can get infected easily. Don’t forget to check between your toes!
If you notice any type of wound on your foot, contact our office immediately. Infections on the foot can be serious and can lead to amputation. You can call our Hudson podiatric office at (727) 868-2128 or you can call our Spring Hill office at (532)683-5799.
What can footwear do for a diabetic’s foot?
Wearing improper footwear can further restrict the blood flow to your feet. This will lead to an increased loss of feeling and can even result in posture changes. Additionally, improper footwear can cause rubbing which can lead to blisters, ingrown toenails, ulcers, corns and calluses.
By wearing properly fitting shoes with a shock absorbing sole, you can reduce stress on your feet. Many times diabetics will choose shoes that feel right but, due to neuropathy, this choice is often an incorrect judgment of fit.
Wearing the right pair of socks is another great way to promote healthy blood circulation and protect the foot from rubbing against the shoe. In doing this, you can avoid developing corns and calluses.
Many diabetics will develop issues resulting from improper footwear or a change in walking posture. When visiting our office in Hudson or Spring Hill Florida, Dr. Kales will thoroughly examine the mechanics of your foot and prescribe the best treatment and footwear for you. In some cases custom orthotics could be the best solution for realigning your foot.
What can exercise and diet do for a diabetic’s foot?
Poor blood circulation can have devastating effects on your feet. By exercising regularly and maintaining healthy blood glucose levels through diet, you can increase blood flow. In return, your body will be able to build up a defense against infections and your feet will receive necessary nourishment for healthy nerves.
Before starting an exercise program it is important that you visit our podiatric office and have your condition assessed. Starting an exercise program causes additional stress on the body and can lead to further complications. Dr. Kales will be able to gauge the most effective treatment and exercise program for you.
Diabetic foot conditions can be very serious and should be taken care of immediately. We have two conveniently located offices in West Pasco and Hernando counties. You can contact our Hudson office at (727) 868-2128 or you can call our Spring Hill office at (532)683-5799.
Requesting an appointment online has been made easy for your convenience. Remember, do not wait, complications and amputations can be avoided by visiting our office.