The Dos & Don’ts for Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic Foot Care Dos

Caring For Your Feet

  • Inspect your feet daily, including the bottoms, for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling or nail problems.
  • Regularly moisturize your feet to avoid itching or cracking.
  • Get periodic foot exams from a foot and ankle surgeon to prevent complications. They can reduce risk of amputation by 45% to 85%.

A Step Each Day Can Help Keep Problems At Bay

  • Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles for five minutes, two to three times a day.
  • Shake out your shoes and feel for objects inside before wearing. You may not feel a small foreign object when your shoe is on your foot.
  • Maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Out-of-control blood sugar levels can lead to nerve cell damage.

Diabetic Foot Care Don’ts

A Degree Of Prevention

  • Never use heating pads, hot water bottles, or electric blankets. You can easily burn your feet without noticing.
  • Don’t put your feet in hot water. Test with your hand first.
  • Don’t try to remove corns or calluses. Visit your foot and ankle surgeon for appropriate treatment.

Tips For Safe Strolling

  • Don’t wear tight, elastic, or thick and bulky socks.
  • Don’t let your feet get wet in snow and rain. Wear warm socks and waterproof shoes in the winter.
  • Don’t walk barefoot, even at home. You can easily get a scratch or cut.

Charcot Foot

Charcot Foot is a weakening of the bones and joints that occurs in people with significant nerve damage (neuropthy).

Symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Heat
  • Insensitivity of the foot
  • With or without pain

What to watch for:

  • Keeping blood sugar levels under control can help reduce the progression of nerve damage in the feet.
  • Check both feet everyday and see a foot and ankle surgeon immediately if you notice signs of Charcot Foot.

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