Living with diabetes can be a daily struggle from monitoring blood sugar to keeping track of insulin doses. Along with those tasks, taking good care of your feet should be part of the daily routine.
Diabetes causes nerve damage to the hands and feet which can make it harder to recognize when there’s been foot trauma. It also restricts blood flow which can make it harder for infections in your feet to heal. That is why it’s especially important to check in with your feet daily to make sure they are healthy and well.
When examining your feet, these are some issues to watch out for:
- Cracked and dry skin
- Cuts or scratches
- Any kind of sores
- Redness or tenderness
- Ingrown toenails
- Fungal infections
- Calluses and corns
- Any type of pain or trauma
Without proper care and monitoring, these problems can lead to infection, gangrene, sepsis, or other life-threatening healthcare problems.
In order to protect your feet from the elements, always wear comfortable shoes that allow your feet to breathe. Wash and dry your feet daily. Do not go barefoot in public as this could expose your feet to trauma and infection.
Always keep your toenails short and trimmed. If you are unable to reach your feet, have someone help you. Avoid soaking your feet in water because it could cause your feet to dry out and crack. Do use lotion or petroleum jelly to keep your feet soft and smooth.
If you notice a blister that won’t heal, see your podiatrist for treatment and antibiotics. If you experience bunions that won’t heal, a surgery may be performed to remove them. Fungal infections can be diagnosed by your doctor and may be treated with over-the-counter medications or oral medicine.
If you have diabetes, it is critical to take care of your feet daily. See your podiatrist regularly for checkups or if you notice any pain or changes in your feet. Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Tampa, FL offers specialized foot care for those suffering diabetes. Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist today to discuss the needs of your feet.