Here’s some advice on how to keep feet healthy when you have diabetes.
Having diabetes can increase your risk for developing serious and potentially dangerous foot problems including ulcers and nerve damage. That’s why it’s so important to find a podiatrist like our own Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Philip Watkins, who work with patients with diabetes to create custom treatment plans to prevent these complications.
Some ways to properly care for diabetic feet include,
Examining your feet daily: In order to spot changes or potential problems in your feet you will need to thoroughly exam them every day. Check all areas of your feet, including the soles, under the nails and between the toes. During these self-exams you’ll want to be on the lookout for,
- Cuts and open wounds
- Changes in the color or shape of your feet
- Calluses and corns
Any symptoms or changes in your feet should be discussed with a foot care professional.
Keeping feet clean and dry: You should wash your feet with warm water and soap every day, making sure to get all areas of your feet clean. Once you’ve finished washing your feet make sure to thoroughly towel off, as leaving feet wet also leaves them prone to fungal infections. If you have particularly sweaty feet you should always remember to change out of shoes and socks as soon as possible and always let shoes air dry for 24 hours before wearing them again.
Trimming nails properly: If you trim nails too short or if you trim them at a curve then you’re risking developing an ingrown toenail. To reduce your risk, seek professional attention if you're diabetic for trimming the nails to avoid further complications such as infection, which can lead to amputation and hospitalization.
Never going barefoot: It’s important that you wear shoes and socks all day every day, even if you are indoors, as wearing shoes will prevent injury. Always check the inside of your shoes and shake them out before putting them on, just in case there are any pebbles or debris that could injure your feet.
Wearing diabetic-friendly shoes and socks: Did you know that there are actually products designed to address the foot and ankle needs of those with diabetes? These special shoes and socks offer proper cushioning and support that’s just right for diabetic feet. Want to learn more? Just ask us.
If you are dealing with diabetes the best thing you can do for your health is to get your blood sugar under control. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms it’s still a good idea to visit a podiatrist regularly for checkups. Contact Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers to schedule an appointment or telemedicine session with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, or Dr. Philip Watkins.
Call our St. Clair Shores, MI, office at (586) 779-6140, Warren, MI, office at (586) 756-3338, and our Macomb, MI, office at (586) 416-3668.