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Diabetes and Foot Care: What You Need to Know

Last updated 3 years ago

If you are a diabetic, there is a good chance that you closely monitor your diet and blood sugar.  Did you know proper foot care is also essential to your health and wellbeing? Your podiatrist has the expertise to help diabetics keep their feet healthy. The Family Foot Center has been taking care of patients with diabetic feet for over 25 years.

  • Why Foot Care Is Vital

There are particular steps that must be taken to maintain healthy feet with diabetes. If your blood sugar level is high, then the nerves in your legs and feet can be severely damaged, making it difficult and in some cases impossible to notice injuries. The blood flow to your feet will be decreased, making it harder for sores on your feet to heal. If sores or infections are left untreated, then tissue dies and gangrene sets in.

  • How to Prevent Damage

There are some precautions that can help prevent injuries to your feet when you have diabetes. Before stepping into a shower or bathtub, test the temperature of the water with a thermometer to avoid burns. Look for the temperature to be ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit.  

You can develop sores or ulcers on your toes if you trim your nails incorrectly. Visit your podiatrist or regular care physician should these develop. At the Family Foot Center we see diabetics at least every four weeks or more if needed.

Wearing shoes that fit well is vital. Don’t be a slave to fashion. Get shoes that fit first and are appealing second.   

After bathing, carefully dry between each of your toes, as infections are more likely to develop in damp areas. Use a moisturizer after bathing to prevent your skin from becoming dry and cracked.

  • Importance of Regular Exams

Inspect your feet daily. If you notice small wounds, redness, swelling and anything unusual, bring this to the attention of the podiatrist. 

While having diabetes may make you more susceptible to foot problems, it is possible to keep your feet healthy by taking preventative action and care. To learn more about foot care and diabetes, contact Family Foot Center today at (718) 767-5555.


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