How to Help Prevent Common Foot Problems from Diabetes
v Because diabetes can damage your blood vessels and nerves and decrease the body's ability to fight infection, people with diabetes are more prone to foot problems.
v Diabetics may be less able to sense injury or pressure on their
feet and may not notice an injury until it has advanced to an infection
v These simple steps can help prevent common foot problems from diabetes.
1. Step 1
Wash feet daily with mild soap and warm water. Rinse and dry well, especially between the toes.
2. Step 2
Apply lotion or petroleum jelly to the tops and bottoms of feet but not in between the toes to prevent rough skin and calluses.
3. Step 3
Apply talc between toes to prevent fungus.
4. Step 4
Promote circulation in the feet by taking regular walks. Stretch the toes and ankles by raising up on tiptoes periodically throughout the day.
5. Step 5
Protect your feet by never walking barefoot or wearing shoes with no socks. This will prevent unwanted scrapes, cuts and splinters.
6. Step 6
Invest in good shoes. Choose shoes that are comfortable and well-fitting to prevent blisters and calluses.
7. Step 7
Inspect your feet daily for trouble spots. Treat blisters, cuts or splinters immediately.
8. Step 8
Schedule yearly appointments with a podiatrist for a complete foot exam.
Tips & Warnings
- Choose well padded, non-binding socks.
- Controlling blood sugar will help protect against the damages of diabetes.
- Avoid plastic or vinyl shoes that chafe or irritate the feet.
- Visit a podiatrist or your health care physician for trouble spots that don't seem to heal.