diabetes have a number of health issues to be mindful of, including foot health
problems. That’s why a podiatrist should be a member of every diabetic’s
care team. Diabetes places patients at risk of foot problems because it
interferes with healthy blood circulation, which consequently inhibits
healing. Additionally, diabetes often leads to nerve damage, which causes
the loss of feeling in the feet. This means that it’s easy for patients
to develop foot injuries without realizing it. Practicing good foot care
every day can help prevent these problems.
Since diabetes can inhibit the immune system, it’s particularly important
to prevent foot and nail infections. Scrub your feet with soap and warm
water every day, including between the toes. Avoid soaking your feet in
water. After bathing, dry them well and put on clean socks.
Protecting the Skin
Dry skin can easily turn into cracked skin, which can invite infections.
Keep your skin soft by applying moisturizer daily. Only apply cream to
the tops and bottoms of your feet; avoid moisturizing between the toes.
Instead, you can apply talcum powder between the toes.
Trimming the Toenails
Use clean nail clippers to trim the toenails. Trim them straight across
instead of in a rounded manner. Use a nail file to gently smooth the corners.
If you cannot see, feel, or reach your feet, visit your podiatrist regularly
and have him or her trim your toenails. You should also have your podiatrist
trim your nails if they are yellow and thick, and if the corners of the
nail grow into the skin.
sensation in the foot is inhibited, you may not notice when you sustain an injury. If left untreated, an
injury may become infected. Eventually, a toe or the foot might require
amputation. You can prevent injuries by avoiding walking barefoot, even
indoors. Always wear clean socks and supportive footwear.
Check your feet every day for signs of injury or infection. Use a mirror
to check the bottoms of your feet. If you notice any problems, call your
If you have diabetes and live near Whitestone, Family Foot Center invites
you to visit our office for specialized foot health services. Our podiatrist
helps patients with diabetes understand their unique health concerns and
become proactive about their wellness. Call us at (718) 767-5555 or visit
us on the Web for more information.