Diabetes & Foot Care
Diabetes decreases the blood supply to feet, thus causing peripheral neuropathy (numbness). This means the diabetic not noticing when feet are injured, infected or sore.
Foot injuries not healing properly is also a common occurrence with diabetics. But with some simple foot care tips, diabetics can prevent serious foot conditions.
Daily Foot Care Tips
- Do not stand in the same position or sit with legs crossed for long periods of time.
- Check your feet and toes regularly, including the sides, top, heels, soles, and the space in between the toes. Consult your foot doctor if you notice any cuts, sores, redness, bruises or blisters.
- Use lukewarm water and mild soap to wash your feet every day. Since diabetes makes it difficult for your feet to judge the water temperature, make sure to dip your fingers inside water to check if temperature is skin friendly.
- Pat your skin dry, taking special care of the area between your toes well, where infections may develop if it's moist.
- Use oil or lotion on your feet to avoid cracking. However, don't use lotion/oil between your toes.
Apart from these foot care tips, having healthy food habits is also important. Foot doctors of Cupertino Podiatry Inc emphasize that recognizing the early warning signs of foot problems and consulting your doctor immediately are crucial steps for avoiding serious health complications.
- Buy comfortable, well-fitting shoes that have adequate space, particularly in the toe box
- Choose shoes made of leather, suede or canvas that can breathe. Avoid those of plastic or other materials that don't let your skin breathe.
- Opt for shoes with Velcro, buckles or laces that can be adjusted
- Examine the inside of your shoes to spot bumps or tears that may cause irritation to your feet
- Use dry and clean socks. Avoid those with seams that are either ill-fitting or too tight as well
To know more about diabetic foot care from these doctors, you can dial 408-446-5811 or schedule an appointment via www.cupertinopodiatrist.com. Some foot pain relief products at www.footpainreliefproducts.com are also worth a check.