At Benenati Foot Care Centers, we know that our diabetic patients have to take extra good care of their feet. If you have diabetes, minor foot problems like blisters or an ingrown toenail can have serious medical consequences. Neuropathy or nerve damage is frequently associated with diabetes and can make it difficult for patients to accurately assess pain and other sensations that are warning signs of a developing foot problem. Circulation issues further complicate matters by slowing the healing process and increasing the chances of infection. Below are seven tips for protecting diabetic feet.
- Examine your feet every day. Look for bruises, cuts, blisters, rashes, redness, spots that feel warm to the touch, changes in skin or toenail color, lumps or growths. It’s very important that you inform the foot doctor of any unusual changes in your feet.
- Schedule regular checkups with the podiatrist. The foot doctor is a member of your diabetes care team. Regular visits will help spot any issues while they are in their earliest and most treatable stages.
- Wear shoes made of soft materials that don’t pinch or rub. Any place where there is friction between your skin and your shoe has the potential to form a sore or blister. Open wounds can be difficult to treat and lead to infection.
- Keep feet covered even when you’re at home. This will reduce your risk of puncture wounds, cuts and injury. It will also prevent bacterial and fungal infections which are transmitted by direct contact.
- Use moisturizer to keep skin supple. Diabetes can disrupt natural oil production in the skin. A good lotion or cream can help prevent heel cracks and dry, flaky skin.
- Don’t attempt to treat corns or ingrown toenails on your own. This can lead to an injury or damage to the skin.
- Contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office if you even suspect a potential foot problem. Our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Adam Thompson would much rather you play it safe than wait.