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Vital Tips for Diabetic Foot Care and When to See a Podiatrist

Vital Tips for Diabetic Foot Care and When to See a Podiatrist

Posted On: June 17, 2022

Did you know that close to half of all people with diabetes experience some form of nerve damage?

While you can experience nerve damage in any body part, nerves running in your legs and feet get affected the most. However, you can take various diabetic foot care precautions to keep your feet healthy. The precautions include regular medical checks, daily blood sugar monitoring, and regular exercise.

A mild foot issue may worsen when you fail to keep your condition in check. Poor foot care may result in numbness, chronic foot issues, and amputation in some cases. In this guide, you’ll learn more about foot care for diabetes and when to schedule a podiatrist appointment.

Clean Your Feet Daily

While keeping your feet clean, avoid soaking them for a long time. Soaking can dry the skin and make you prone to infections. You should also use warm water and mild soap.

Instead of rubbing the skin to dry, gently tap it. Apply lotion, or any relevant diabetic foot care products to prevent cracking. Do not apply the oil between the toes to reduce the risk of infection.

Check Your Feet Daily

Use a mirror to look at the top and bottom parts of your feet. You can also ask someone to help you check your feet for any abnormalities. Set a convenient time each day for the task, and be sure to use a good lighting source.

Look for signs of dryness or cracking on your heels, toes, and feet. You should also scan the feet, heels, and toes for scrapes, bruises, or blisters.

Check between the toes for fungus or cuts that may put you at risk of athlete’s foot. Watch for tenderness, increased warmth, or redness when you touch the skin. You should also look out for calluses, corns, and ingrown toenails.

A Betadine solution applied to gauze can be “flossed” between the toes to help prevent maceration from occurring between the toes thus helping to prevent tissue break-down.

Don’t pop any sores or blisters you get from ill-fitting shoes.

If you have a blister, sore, callous, or tissue breakdown anywhere on the lower leg or have an infected toe or toenail, see your physician at Graff: Foot, Ankle & Wound Care immediately.

Wear the Right Socks and Shoes

Always wear socks and shoes to avoid bruising your feet when leaving the house.

Only wear slippers at home and shoes or boots when stepping out. Avoid putting on shoes with pointed toes or high heels since they may make you prone to a foot injury.

Change your socks every day and ensure that they are made of natural fibers like wool or cotton. Avoid tight socks or socks with seams since they may rub against the skin and cause sores or blisters.

If you have to wear shoes every day, remove them after every hour. You should also feel the inner part of your shoes before wearing them to ensure they are comfortable.

Diabetic shoes are covered by most insurance plans, you are allowed one pair of diabetic shoes with 3 pairs of inserts (inserts are changed every four months) per year, Graff: Foot, Ankle & Wound Care will order your diabetic shoes for you to ensure proper fit.

Exercise Cautiously

While exercise is good for your condition, do it moderately. Work out for at least 30 minutes every day to boost blood circulation in the feet.

Wear comfortable workout shoes and take breaks in between the sessions. You should also skip the exercises if you have any open sores on your feet. Your doctor can advise you on the best type of workouts for your condition.

Walking is among the highly recommended exercises you can do when you have diabetes. Spend up to 30 minutes walking to increase your physical activity. Avoid high-intensity workouts like jumping or running, since they put a lot of pressure on the feet.

Care for Your Toenails

Your toenails can be a gateway to a diabetic foot infection if you fail to care for them.

You should also avoid going to a nail salon for toenail trimmings or trimming them yourself, instead, your physician at Graff: Foot, Ankle & Wound Care will trim your toenails during your routine diabetic foot exam.

Report Foot Injuries and Infections Immediately

Speak with your doctor at Graff: Foot, Ankle & Wound Care when you notice any signs of a foot injury or infection. You should also stick to the doctor’s first aid guidelines once you spot them.

If your feet feel warm to the touch or appear discolored, you may be infected. Bacterial foot infections cause redness, swelling, numbness, and diabetic foot pain.

Self-treating foot problems like calluses or corns may put your feet at risk of infection. Instead, get them treated at our clinic.

Avoid washing your feet in hot water, which causes burns. Also, stay away from electric blankets or heating pads. If you have to stand, change your posture frequently to boost blood flow to the feet.

When to Talk to a Podiatrist

Your podiatrist will examine your feet at every appointment. Reach out to the doctor when you notice the following problems:

  • Cracking between the toes (athlete’s foot)
  • Wounds or sores on the feet
  • Increased pain or numbness
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Bunions, skin blackening, corns, warts, or calluses
  • Thick, yellow nails or hammertoes
  • Swollen, red toes, ankles, or feet

Schedule Expert Diabetic Foot Care

Stick to a consistent diabetic foot care routine to manage foot problems early and prevent them from progressing, wearing your diabetic shoes provided by Graff: Foot, Ankle & Wound Care can also help promote healthy diabetic foot. You should maintain an active and healthy lifestyle to keep the condition in check.

Call your doctor as soon as you notice any signs of infection or injury on your feet. Professionals at Graff Foot Ankle and Wound Care can help you manage foot issues that come with diabetes.

Our experienced staff maintains high treatment standards and is updated with the latest podiatry trends. Schedule a podiatric appointment with us today.