Diabetic Foot Care Basics
To reduce the risk of complications and keep your feet healthy and strong for a lifetime, you need a diabetic foot care plan. A big part of that plan includes living a healthy lifestyle and keeping your diabetes well regulated with exercise, a healthy diet, and monitoring your blood sugar regularly. However, your feet will need additional attention, too. Here’s what that should include:
Daily foot inspections. Fully examine your feet with your eyes and feel them with your hands—top, bottom, and between toes—every day. Check for cuts, scrapes, bruises, swelling, temperature changes, or anything else out of the ordinary. Remember, due to nerve damage you may not be able to “feel” an injury to the feet, so you must examine them yourself.
Practice good hygiene. Wash feet daily with mild soap and warm water. This helps prevent skin infections. Use a moisturizer to keep skin from cracking (just don’t apply between the toes), and keep toenails trimmed straight across, even with the edge of your toes. (This reduces the risk of an ingrown toenail, which can easily become infected.)
Protect your feet. Wear proper shoes at all times, even when indoors or at home. Make sure nothing is hiding inside your socks or shoes before putting them on.
Get your feet checked by Premier Podiatry at least once per year. Our experts, Dr. Carlos Barra and Dr. Maureen Ratchford, provide comprehensive care and testing to keep your feet healthy and safe. We’ll check your circulation and nerve health, fix any existing foot concerns, help you pick safe shoes (or get you fitted for diabetic shoes or orthotics), and more.