5 Important Diabetic Foot Care Tips
If you, or a loved one, have diabetes you need to be very careful to have a routine in place to check for any foot problems on a daily basis. Foot care is extremely important for diabetics because of peripheral neuropathy as well as peripheral artery disease.
The most common types of foot problems for people with diabetes tend to include fungal infections on the feet, nails or the toes, bunions, dry skin, corns, calluses and ingrown toenails, all which can cause significant foot pain and increase the risk of secondary bacterial infections. In extreme cases of circulation stoppage it is also possible for gangrene to occur in those with diabetes because of damage to the blood vessels.
To help keep your feet in top condition and to detect any early signs of foot conditions diabetics should:
- Monitor blood sugar levels – keeping your blood sugar levels balanced and not allowing highs and lows outside of your target range helps to prevent the risk of peripheral artery disease.
- Soak your feet – soaking your feet or washing in a bath or shower every day is important to help to reduce the risk of infections and fungal problems. Always dry your feet completely, especially between the toes, and apply a moisturizing lotion to the top and bottom of the feet.
- Don’t go barefoot – always wear some type of protective footwear. By wearing sandals, shoes or boots you will prevent scratches and injuries to your feet that can also be a source of possible infections.
- Healthy lifestyle –choosing a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, careful selection of healthy foods and avoiding the use of alcohol and tobacco you can help your entire body to stay healthy.
- See your doctor regularly – see your doctor, and podiatrist, for all appointments and ask about any problems you have experienced with your feet. Seek medical help if you have foot lesions, infections or ingrown toenails that do not heal within a few days.
Depending on the type of issues you have with your feet special shoes and compression socks or stockings that help to improve circulation can be very beneficial. Talk to your doctor as these can be covered by insurance and Medicare for most patients.
For more information on Diabetes and Diabetic Foot Care, you can visit Dr Weinert’s website at www.stopfeetpainfast.com Dr Weinert is also a published author of “Stop Feet Pain Fast – A User’s Guide to Foot & Ankle Health” which answers all your questions related to your foot and ankle health. Be sure to request your FREE copy of his book while on his website. You can also listen to Dr Weinerts weekly radio show called Happy Feet Radio on iTunes which discusses foot health and wellness and the only show on iTunes dedicated specifically to foot and ankle health. Check out at the following link https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/doc-weinert/id881857347 . You can also listen and download previous episodes of Happy Feet Radio and learn more about Dr Weinert by visiting www.docweinert.com