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.

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