Proper Diabetic Foot Care
If you are a diabetic, hopefully you know how important diabetic foot care is to you. There are many things that can go wrong with Diabetic feet. Some of these problems can be minor and become major very quickly if not cared for correctly.
Easy Diabetic Foot Care
There are a few simple things you can do to protect your diabetic feet. Proper foot care starts by exercising due diligence. Some may seem simple, but they are worth your feet in gold 🙂
Let’s have a look:
- Have a professional or at least knowledgeable person trim your nails
- Do not trim your own
- You may not be able to see them well
- You may accidentally clip your skin and cause a sore
- Wear appropriate shoes at all times
- Get a professional to help fit your shoes perfectly to you
- NEVER go barefoot
- If you get any type of wound on your feet, see your doctor immediately (DO NOT wait)
- Use lotion to help keep your skin soft and moist
- Drink plenty of water
- Keep your blood sugar under control
If you don’t know a lot about diabetic footcare and the need for it, I will try to explain. Diabetes affects your entire body. Nerves, blood vessels, skin, heart, internal organs, and of course your feet. Over time, damage to the body secondary to high blood sugars can lead to poor feeling and blood flow to the feet. This leads to impaired circulation and decreased sensation in your feet. Therefore, any injury or wound to your feet can worsen very quickly.
You may not know you are injured because of decreased feeling. A simple clip from toenail clippers or a tiny blister can lead to serious diabetic ulcers or even a lost limb. So, what can you do to help protect your precious feet from falling victim to a very unkind and unforgiving disease?
- Wear good diabetic socks
- Wear good shoes
- See your doctor regularly
- Eat well and keep your blood sugar under control
- See your podiatrist or nurse specialist at least twice a year
- Exercise to help control diabetes and improve circulation
- Examine your feet daily for any type of injury Keep your skin soft and moist Drink water
We want to help make your feet your friend so that you have many more miles to travel, jog, walk, run, and exercise on what I lovingly like to refer to as Pete and Joe. (That’s an old childhood joke.)
Diabetic footcare doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does have to be done and taken seriously. Don’t forget your feet when you are thinking about your health. Be a friend to your feet and they’ll be a friend to you and carry you far!