Living with diabetes increases the risk of developing a wide range of foot problems, often because of two complications of the disease: nerve damage and poor circulation. However, you can play a vital role in prevention. To avoid serious foot problems that could result in losing a toe, foot, or leg, follow these guidelines from Advanced Podiatry:
– Inspect feet daily.
Diabetes may cause nerve damage, which takes away the feeling in your feet, so a twice daily visual inspection is important. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems. Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Call one of our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, or Maspeth if you notice any issues.
– Bathe feet gently.
Wash your feet daily with a soft washcloth, or a sponge using only lukewarm soapy water. Dry by blotting carefully.
Use a moisturizer daily to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. But, don’t moisturize between the toes, that could encourage a fungal infection. Our Kamea and Foot Miracle products are wonderful for this.
-Regular maintenance and examination.
Regular maintenance treatments and periodic diabetic foot examinations by one of our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, and Maspeth will go along way in helping to prevent unwanted complications.
As Benjamin Franklin said, "an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure".