When you have diabetes, it is important to take god care of your feet, because you are more vulnerable to foot problems because diabetes can cause damage to nerve function. In fact, diabetes can also reduce blood flow to your feet even! To ensure the best foot health, Dr. Adriana Krywiak shares 10 Tips to follow for lasting healthy feet.
"As a podiatrist, 50% of the patients that come to the office have diabetes and it can progress quickly if not well controlled, affecting many areas of the body and the feet. I use multidimensional approaches to get better control of sugar and prevent its affects to the feet and body"
As a person with diabetes, you may be at a greater risk of injury or infection to your feet. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates that one in five people with diabetes seek hospital care for foot problems and injuries. With these increased risks, small injuries can turn into even larger complications. For example, you can develop sores or blisters that could lead to an infection, etc. Here are some helpful diabetes foot care tips to keep those feet and toes health during warmer weather and year round:
- Check your feet daily, looking for any redness, swelling, blisters, cuts or soreness. If you can't see the bottom of your feet, use a mirror or ask someone to help.
- Wash your feet daily. Dry them thoroughly, especially between the toes.
- Walk frequently, and be more active. Speak to your healthcare team about the proper amount of exercise. Visit a foot care specialist or Podiatrist once or twice a year for a thorough exam.
- Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and protect your feet.
- Ask your healthcare provider about diabetic shoe coverage. Having properly fitting shoes will decrease the risk of complications.
- Check inside your shoes before wearing them. Make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside.
- Avoid extreme temperatures to the bottoms of your feet. Protect them from hot and cold temperatures.
- Avoid crossing your legs. Elevate feet when sitting if you are prone to swelling of feet and ankles.
- Seek the assistance of a podiatrist or foot care specialist if you develop corns, calluses, ingrown nails or other worrisome foot care related issues.
- Take care of your diabetes. Work with your healthcare team to keep your glucose within target range, and keep your HbA1c within normal limits.