If you or a family member has diabetes, you know that it’s essential to take good care of your feet. Because diabetes leads to poor blood circulation as well as nerve damage in the feet – called neuropathy – your feet are vulnerable to injury like cuts and sores that can become dangerous ulcers.
Complications from diabetes inhibit the body’s ability to heal ulcers and they can worsen and cause serious damage to tissue and bone. Left untreated, severe ulcers may require amputation of the toes or foot.
Preventing diabetic ulcers with good foot care is the best way to avoid dangerous complications. Here are some easy steps to stay ahead of this disease:
Check your feet every day. Patients with diabetes often have neuropathy that causes the feet to lose sensation. If you have even a small cut or puncture wound in your feet, you won’t feel it and it can quickly escalate into a more serious problem. Inspect your feet carefully – check your toes, the nails, between the toes and even the bottom of your feet using a mirror if necessary. Contact us at Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle if you notice anything unusual like a toenail fungus or cracked skin, a blister, cut or puncture.
Practice good foot care. Keep your feet clean with daily washings with a mild soap. Dry feet carefully, especially between the toes, and apply a rich emollient lotion or cream to keep skin supple. Keeping your skin moisturized can prevent skin that is too dry and cracks that can let bacteria into your skin.
Invest in your feet with quality footwear. Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight – make sure there is plenty of room in the toe box to allow for wiggle room. However, shoes must not be too loose or the skin will become chafed and irritated. Shoes should fit well and have lots of cushioning. Make sure you measure both feet each time you shop and always buy for the larger size.
Always wear socks with closed shoes. Don’t settle for inexpensive socks that cause skin abrasions and blisters. Socks made especially for those with diabetes have extra cushioning, no seams and looser tops to help with circulation.
It sounds too easy but these commonsense tips can really help reduce the risk of dangerous foot ulcers!
Let Us Help with Any Diabetes-Related Foot Problems
Dr. Lawrence J. Kales, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience with diabetes-related foot problems. We can quickly diagnose and treat any foot or skin problem related to this disease. Please come in to Pasco-Hernando Foot & Ankle for an examination – you can request an appointment via the website or call us at our Hudson office at 727 868-2128 or our Spring Hill office at 352 683-5799. Foot problems related to diabetes won’t heal on their own – call us today!