If you’re living with diabetes, you know the importance of maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, getting regular exercise, and eating a balanced diet. But have you considered the significance of foot care in your routine?
Diabetes can lead to various complications, including foot-related issues due to reduced blood flow and peripheral nerve damage. What’s more, the longer you have diabetes, the higher the risk of these complications arising.
The good news is that there are things you can start doing right now to lower the chances of diabetic foot problems. Foot and ankle expert Dr. David Biss and the team at Concord Podiatry are here to guide you. The following are five ways to practice good diabetic foot care.
1. Inspect your feet daily
It’s important to perform inspections of your feet as part of your daily routine. Look for any changes such as sores, cuts, blisters, redness, calluses, or any unusual markings.
Because diabetes may lead to neuropathy, a condition that numbs the sensation in your feet, visual inspection is crucial to catch problems and get prompt treatment. If you find it challenging to inspect your feet, use a mirror or enlist assistance.
2. Keep your feet clean and moisturized
A clean foot is a healthy foot. Be sure to clean your feet daily with mild soap. But remember: Too much moisture can lead to fungal infections. Therefore, ensure your feet are dry after washing, especially between your toes. Apply a good moisturizer, but avoid coating the areas between your toes.
3. Perform regular footwear and sock inspections
Wear comfortable and well-fitted shoes, and avoid shoes that cause friction or pressure on your feet. Before wearing your shoes, inspect the inside for any foreign objects or rough areas that could cause chafing or blisters. Wearing socks that wick moisture away can help prevent foot sores and other issues.
4. Never go barefoot
Walking barefoot exposes your feet to potential injury. With diabetes, even small injuries can escalate into serious complications due to slower healing time. Even when you’re at home, wear suitable footwear to protect your feet.
5. Get regular checkups
Routine visits to Concord Podiatry can help prevent serious foot complications. Dr. Biss is trained to identify potential issues before they become major problems. We can help you with any concerns or questions about foot care.
The importance of keeping your feet healthy
People with diabetes are more prone to foot problems, ranging from dry skin to serious infections. Neuropathy can make it difficult for diabetics to feel small cuts, bruises, or other injuries to their feet, leading to a sore that could become infected.
Poor blood flow slows the healing process, complicating matters. Following the above foot care guidelines can help prevent these complications.
The Concord Podiatry approach
We believe in a proactive approach to diabetic foot care, including helping our patients understand the importance of taking extra care of their feet. We advise you about what to look out for and assist you in the development of a foot care routine that fits your lifestyle.
With a comprehensive diabetic foot care program, you can prevent foot complications, ensuring that your feet stay healthy, which is a vital aspect of living well with diabetes. You can manage many potential issues with regular care and the right guidance.
For a foot health checkup, connect with us by calling or texting us to schedule a visit. Trust Concord Podiatry — with locations in Concord and Plymouth, New Hampshire — to be your partner in ensuring that your feet remain healthy and complication-free.