Diabetes can affect your feet in two different ways. Diabetics can suffer from peripheral neuropathy (numbness and pain) in both your legs and feet and diabetes also leads to poor circulation. With damage to your nerves in your feet and legs it makes it difficult to detect or notice pain and temperature changes. Also, minor sores and scrapes can lead to an infection in your foot because you do not know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes these injuries difficult to heal. These seemingly minor injuries can result in infection which leads to an ulceration or even an amputation.
Fifteen percent of all people with diabetes will eventually have a foot ulcer, and six out of every 1,000 will have an amputation (50,000 per year). With the help of some simple precautionary steps and our specialties at Gentle Touch Foot Care we can prevent this from happening to you.
- Wash your feet daily with lukewarm water and dry in between your toes. Avoid soaking your feet for long periods of time.
- Change your socks and shoes daily, this allows for them to dry out.
- Inspect your feet daily, look for cuts bruises, scrapes, blisters or any signs of infection. If you notice any come by our office to get these looked at.
- Cut your toenails straight across, avoid leaving sharp edges that can cut other toes. don not treat corns and calluses on your own.
- Do not use tobacco product. Smoking decreases circulation.
- Moisturize your feet daily with lotion. Do not put lotion in between your toes.
Come by our office today to discuss simple ways to reduce your risk of foot injuries and infections. We also have our video library available. Living with diabetes can be challenging and together we can create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.