Part of podiatry care is helping patients with diabetes to care for their feet.
Because diabetes causes damage to nerve and blood vessels, neuropathy is a very common symptom of a diabetic diagnosis.
Approximately 70% of people with diabetes develop neuropathy in their feet and hands.
As responsible physicians, we care about our patients and want to help them to help themselves in preventing as many problems as possible.
We provide them with educational information and material to help them. One of our sources of information is from the National Diabetes Education Program which has a wealth of information for those suffering from diabetes.
Below are their recommendations for the caring for your feet if you are a diabetic.
10 Tips For Good Diabetic Foot Care
- Check your feet every day (evening is best) for cuts, blisters, red spots, swelling, and sore toenails. If you have trouble bending over to see your feet, use a plastic mirror or ask a family member or caregiver to help.
- Wash your feet every day in warm water, and be sure to dry well between the toes.
- Rub a thin coat of skin lotion on the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes.
- Trim your toenails carefully and straight across when needed. See your podiatrist if you need help.
- Never walk barefoot, and wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet.
- Nerve damage can cause loss of feeling. Look and feel inside your shoes before putting them on. Ask your team about getting special shoes.
- Keep the blood flowing to your feet by wiggling your toes and moving your ankles up and down for 5 minutes, two or three times a day.
- Plan a physical activity program with your health care team.
- Take your shoes and socks off at every check up and have your doctor look at your feet. Tell your health care team right away about any foot problems.
- Let your doctor know right away if you have loss of feeling in your feet, changes in the shape of your foot or foot ulcers or sores that do not heal.
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