Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes, or if you’ve been living with it for years, taking care of your feet is of the upmost importance. There are several foot complications and conditions that can arise from diabetes. However, if you’re vigilant and practice routine daily foot care, you can always maintain a healthy, happy, and active lifestyle.
Examine Your Feet
The main goal in diabetic foot care is to avoid wounds and ulcers that could become infected. Truly, everyone should examine their feet on a daily basis, but it’s especially important for diabetic patients. When examining your feet, you should be looking for:
- Red spots – this could mean your shoes are rubbing too much on this area
- Jagged or sharp nails – having short nails that are cut straight across will prevent cuts
- Swelling – swollen feet could be a sign of poor circulation and you should alert your podiatrist immediately
Wash Your Feet
When it comes to avoiding infection, washing your feet is crucial. This should be performed daily and in addition to the washing you do in the shower. Avoid anything that could injure your feet such as especially hot or cold water or abrasive soaps or exfoliants. Afterwards, ensure that your feet are completely dry, especially between the toes, before putting on socks or shoes.
Support Your Feet
Custom orthotics are shoe inserts that are designed to support the exact shape of your foot. Not only will they be more comfortable than the thin insoles that come with your sneakers, they will also help you prevent wounds or ulcers from forming by correcting your gait and reducing friction in your shoe. In addition to wearing custom orthotics, you should also choose shoes that breath well and have a little extra room in the toe box.
Living with diabetes can be tough, but we know you have what it takes to keep your feet healthy. At Gentle Touch Foot Care, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Emad Youssef, DPM, and the rest of our friendly staff are ready to evaluate your feet today. Visit out our office in East Orange, NJ, by making an appointment online or calling (973) 673-3668.