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How To Care For Your Feet If You Have Diabetes

How To Care For Your Feet If You Have Diabetes

Living with diabetes requires careful attention to various aspects of your health, including your feet.

Diabetes can affect the nerves and blood flow in your extremities, making your feet more susceptible to complications. Proper foot care is crucial to prevent potential issues and maintain your overall well-being.

Here are some essential tips from our team at Coastal Podiatry to help you care for your feet if you have diabetes:

1. Inspect Your Feet Daily

Regularly examining your feet is a fundamental aspect of diabetic foot care. Look for any cuts, sores, redness, swelling, or signs of infection. If you have difficulty seeing the bottoms of your feet, consider using a hand mirror or asking a family member for assistance.

2. Keep Your Feet Clean and Dry

Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. Gently pat them dry, especially between the toes where moisture can accumulate. Avoid soaking your feet for extended periods, as this can lead to dryness and potential complications.

3. Moisturise, but Not Between the Toes

Apply a moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated but avoid applying it between your toes. Excess moisture in this area can create a breeding ground for fungal infections.

4. Trim Your Nails Carefully

Cut your nails straight across and file any sharp edges to prevent ingrown toenails. If you have difficulty with this task, consider seeking professional help from our team at Coastal podiatry.

5. Wear Comfortable, Supportive Footwear

Choose shoes that fit well and provide adequate support. Avoid tight, pointed, or high-heeled shoes, as they can cause pressure points and lead to foot problems. Make sure to check the insides of your shoes for any foreign objects before putting them on.

6. Never Go Barefoot

Even indoors, it’s important to protect your feet. Barefoot walking increases the risk of injury, especially if you have reduced sensation due to nerve damage.

7. Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Protect your feet from extreme heat or cold. Always wear shoes on hot surfaces like sand or pavement and use warm socks to keep your feet cozy in colder weather.

8. Manage Blood Sugar Levels

Keeping your blood sugar within a healthy range is essential for preventing complications related to diabetes, including foot issues. Follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations for monitoring and managing your blood sugar levels.

9. Regular Check-Ups with a Podiatrist

Schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist who has experience in diabetic foot care. They can perform comprehensive examinations, offer personalised advice, and address any emerging concerns.

10. Seek Immediate Medical Attention for Any Foot Issues

If you notice any wounds, sores, or signs of infection, don’t delay in seeking professional care. Early intervention is crucial in preventing more serious complications.

By incorporating these practices into your daily routine, you can significantly reduce the risk of diabetic foot complications and maintain healthy, happy feet. Remember, proactive care is the key to long-term foot health, so don’t hesitate to reach out to a healthcare professional for guidance and support. Your feet will thank you for it!

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Dr Peter Shelton

Dr Peter Shelton BSc Hons. is an Accredited Podiatrist based in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

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