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