Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care

You can’t go footloose if you are a diabetic

Like so many other things in life, diabetics have to be extra careful with their precious feet also. Even little injury or even a deep cut nail can lead to severe complications for foot or leg. Diabetics are morevulnerable to foot problems as diabetes can damage the nerves and reduce blood flow to the feet. Therefore, a little injury there can take very long to heal. By taking proper care of the feet, some serious health problems that diabetes brings along can be prevented.Some diabetes foot care tips are as follows:

Wash and dry the feet daily

  • Use mild soaps and lukewarm water
  • Pat the skin dry, do not rub vigorously and thoroughly dry the feet
  • Use a mild lotion on the feet to prevent cracking but do not put lotion between the toes

Examine the feet every day

  • Check the feet from up and down. Let someone else have a look if you can’t see properly at difficult angles.
  • Check for any dry or cracked skin
  • Look for any cuts, sores, blisters, cuts, or scratches.
  • Check for any abnormal discoloration, increased warmth, or tenderness on touching any particular area of the feet.
  • Be very careful with any ingrown toenails, corns, and calluses

Take care of toenails

  • While still moist, cut toenails after bathing
  • Don’t cut cuticles
  • Avoid cutting into the corners of toes
  • If unsure, visit a podiatrist (foot doctor) to cut your toenails

Exercise with caution

  • Walk and exercise in utmost comfortable shoes
  • New shoes have a tendency to bite. Be careful of that.
  • Do not exercise if there are open sores on the feet

Follow the following:

  • Refrain from being barefoot. Always wear covered shoes or hard-soled slippers at home
  • Avoid footwear with pointed toes and high heels
  • Do not wear new shoes for a long duration at a time
  • Change the socks daily
  • Avoid extremely tight socks
  • Wear cotton, wool, or a cotton-wool blend socks. Avoid synthetic ones.
  • Make sure the shoe fits perfectly.
  • If you get a sore or blister from the shoes, do not deliberately burst it.