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.

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