Five essential and easy diabetic foot care tips

Diabetes affects 25.8 million Americans and 8.3% of the American population and growing yearly. Diabetes can affect your feet in several ways.The following are five several suggestions to keep your feet healthy:

Monitor your sugars and getting your feet checked regularly

It is critically important to monitor your blood sugar daily and through regular lab tests with your doctor. Sugars that get too high put you at risk for complications of diabetes. An endocrinologist can help you control your sugars with medications if you are having trouble controlling your blood sugar levels with diet and exercise. Regular foot checks with a podiatrist can help prevent sores from forming on your feet. This is critically important to maintain good diabetic foot care.

Never walk barefoot

People with diabetes can lose the protective sensation in their feet, meaningthey may not feel when their foot has been injured. Walking barefoot puts you at risk for laceration, puncture, or burn injuries, causing an opening in the skin that may lead to a severe infection.

Check your shoes and socks – and make sure your shoes fit!

Shoes that are too tight or too loose may cause a blister or sore without you knowing it.Check your shoes before you put them on to make sure no foreign bodies (sand, pebbles) are inside. You may not feel small objects in the shoe and that can lead to ulceration and infection. Seams in socks may also rub and cause blisters.

Moisturize your skin!

It is very important to keep your skin well hydrated so that your skin doesn’t crack. Cracking can cause openings in the skin for bacteria to enter. Be mindful of placing too much cream between the toes, as that can cause a breakdown in the skin as well.

Inspect your feet daily

Even if you have taken the necessary precautions, it is still possible to get openings in your skin without you knowing it. It is important to check your feet daily for any sores that may be present that may possibly lead to an infection. If you are not flexible enough to check yourself, you can use a hand mirror or have someone else check for you.
If there is something concerning on your feet, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible to have it treated, as it is much easier to treat cuts and sores earlier rather than later.

Dr. Sydney K. Yau

Dr. Sydney K. Yau

Dr. Yau received his initial medical training at Temple University in Philadelphia where he specialized in diabetic limb salvage, sports medicine, foot and ankle reconstruction and trauma.

He then went on to complete his surgical reconstruction fellowship with the University Foot and Ankle Institute, one of only a few fellowships recognized by the American College Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

Now playing an integral role at the University Foot and Ankle Institute, Dr. Yau’s treats various sports injuries, including sprains, arthritis and fractures. He also is passionate about helping diabetic patients avoid amputation through correction of deformities and wound healing.

Dr. Yau is available for consultation at our Simi Valley location.
Dr. Sydney K. Yau

Latest posts by Dr. Sydney K. Yau (see all)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

3 × 3 =

  • CustomerSure
    Suzanne & her staff are not only professional at all times during my treatment, but are very thoughtful and caring.
    Frank G.
  • Yelp
    Dr. Baravarian is a very caring and patient doctor. During my first visit with him he really took the time to listen to my concerns and talk to me about all my options regarding my chronic pain. I highly recommend Dr....
    Tina B.
  • CustomerSure
    We were very impressed with Dr. Briskin. He comes very highly recommended by several people within the community!
    Kimberly F.
  • From my first visit to the Foot and Ankle Institute in Santa Monica to my last physical therapy session, Dr. Baravarian and his team always took the time to answer all my questions and do everything possible to ensure...
    Chris
  • Yelp
    Two thumbs up Dr. B. My son and I are both pain free now and we are very happy with the service we got at your office.
    Haleh S.
  • CustomerSure
    You guys are 3 for 3 on surgeries for me. Thanks so much!
    Paige K.
  • Yelp
    I recently saw Dr. Baravarian for an issue I was having with my tibia.  I was referred to him by my primary physician. I am SO happy that I met him.  After a few office visits with him, and a very successful surgery, ...
    Yesenia B.
  • CustomerSure
    Dr. Morris was great, as well as all the office staff. I live far, but it has been worth the drive. Thank you!!!!
    Emilio R.
  • CustomerSure
    Very satisfied!
    Pearl W.
  • CustomerSure
    The whole staff at University Foot & Ankle Institute is wonderful!!
    Nathalie R.
Same day appointments now available!
or call 24/7:
  • University Foot & Ankle, a Preferred Provider to:
  • UCLA Health System - UCLA Medical Group
  • MPTF - Member Industry Health Network
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • ATP - Association of Tennis Professionals
  • And consulting physicians for:
  • C&S - Cedars-Sinai
  • Saint John's Health Center