Foot Care Tips for Diabetes

If you're suffering from diabetes, foot care should be an important part of your daily regimen and it can help you avoid serious problems.

Foot Care and Diabetes 

Diabetes can affect your feet adversely and it can lead to:

  • Damaged blood vessels which reduce blood circulation and may cause slower healing or increase chances of infection
  • Damaged nerves which cause a loss of feeling due to which you may not realize when you've hurt your foot 

Even if you do not experience these issues, you should take care of your feet if you're diabetic. Some of the steps you can take on a day-to-day basis are:

  • Assess your feet – nails, skin, the area between the toes – for any signs of injury or infection.
  • Use warm (not hot) water and mild soap to wash your feet gently.
  • After bathing, dry your feet (especially the area between your toes) in a gentle manner.
  • To add moisture, apply cream to your feet (not between your toes) after bathing. 
  • If your skin is moist, use rubbing alcohol or talcum powder to keep it dry.
  • Wear clean socks and shoes every day. Cotton or wool socks with smooth seams are recommended. Don't wear tight shoes and socks or shoes with seams rubbing on your toes.

Avoid 

  • Soaking your feet for over 10 minutes. 
  • Walking barefoot.
  • Cutting corns or calluses with blades or scissors.
  • Using cures for corns or warts, as they contain acid.
  • Using heating pads or hot water bottles.
  • Cutting down the sides of your toenails or cutting your toenails too short.

Visit a chiropodist for assistance with cutting your nails, especially if you have weak eyesight, or a diminished sense of feeling. If you have any concerns about your feet, please contact our Stoney Creek office to make an appointment with Ann.

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