One of the most important things for a diabetic is to be aware of proper foot care! Many adults can’t reach or see their feet and take the out of sight, out of mind approach. This is not recommended for diabetics or even prediabetics. Podiatry checkups are a must to avoid complications of diabetes affecting the feet like ulcers, infections and fungus.
Many people do not realize what a podiatry exam entails: circulation is checked by palpating the foot pulses, sensation and reflexes are tested, skin and nails are examined, gait is analyzed to check for undue stresses while walking. Shoes are evaluated and activities are discussed.
Some of the home care instructions include:
- Do not walk barefoot,
- Shoes should be supportive with proper fit and avoid manmade materials,
- Socks should not be constrictive,
- Skin should be checked daily for cuts, scrapes and foreign body. A mirror can be used as an aide to see the bottom of the foot,
- Dry well between toes,
- Proper diet and exercise.
One of the goals of a podiatrist is to keep diabetics informed so they can have a long life with happy, healthy feet!!