If you have diabetes, it is important to take special care of your feet. Diabetes can damage your nerves and blood vessels, which can lead to foot problems such as ulcers, infections, and amputations.
Here is an everyday checklist for diabetic foot care:
- Inspect your feet.
This is the most important thing you can do for your feet. Look for any cuts, sores, blisters, redness, swelling, or changes in the color or texture of your skin. If you see anything unusual, see your doctor or podiatrist right away. Anodyne shoe boxes all have a built in mirror that will allow you easily inspect feet daily.
- Wash your feet.
Wash your feet with warm water and mild soap. Be sure to dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes. Do not use hot water, as this can dry out your skin.
- Moisturize your feet.
Moisturizing your feet will help to keep them from drying out and cracking. Use a lotion or cream that is fragrance-free and non-irritating.
- Trim your toenails straight across and file edges smoothly.
Do not cut your toenails too short, as this can lead to ingrown toenails. File the edges of your nails smooth to avoid any sharp edges.
- Wear comfortable, supportive diabetic shoes.
Your shoes should fit well and provide good arch support. Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or too loose.
- Avoid going barefoot.
Going barefoot can increase your risk of cuts, scrapes, and infections. Always wear shoes when you are inside or outside. Check out our diabetic slippers!
- Check your shoes for foreign objects before putting them on.
A small pebble or piece of glass can cause a serious injury to your foot. Check your shoes carefully before putting them on.
- See your doctor or podiatrist for regular foot exams.
Your doctor or podiatrist can check your feet for any problems and make sure you are taking good care of them.
- Quit smoking.
Smoking can damage your blood vessels and make it more difficult for your feet to heal. If you smoke, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and the health of your feet.
Keeping your blood sugar levels under control is essential for preventing diabetic foot problems. Work with your doctor to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
By following these tips, you can help to keep your feet healthy and prevent foot problems.
Here are some additional tips for diabetic foot care:
- If you have any concerns about your feet, see your doctor or podiatrist right away.
- Keep a daily log of your foot care activities. This will help you to track your progress and make sure that you are taking care of your feet properly.
- Teach your family and friends about diabetic foot care so that they can help you to take care of your feet.
By following these tips, you can help to keep your feet healthy and prevent foot problems. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any additional questions.