When you have diabetes, it is essential to take good care of yourself. Diabetes is a subtle disease that can silently impact your life in a really negative way if you ignore routine health management for too long.
One key routine that diabetics should get in to the habit of is practicing proper foot care. Many persons with diabetes have nerve damage and poor circulation, and they develop foot problems that could have been avoided if they had been taking preventative steps on a daily basis.
Wash, Dry, and Moisturize
Being mindful of water temperature—you don't want to burn yourself if you have nerve damage—wash your feet with a mild soap and warm water. Dry them thoroughly, paying particular attention to the areas between your toes. Once your feet are dry, use a light lotion on them, but don't put the lotion between the toes. You want to keep that space as dry as possible since it is a prime area for fungal infections. Do not soak your feet; just wash and rinse.
Trim Your Toenails
Once a week, trim your toenails straight across. Don't make any rounded edges because you run the risk of your toenail becoming ingrown and infected.
Examine Your Feet
This may seem annoying and time-consuming, but it is vital to keep you in good health. Anything you find on your foot that isn't normally there could turn in to something a lot worse if you don't stay on top of it and act fast. Look for:
- Redness or swelling
- Ingrown toenails
- Dry skin or cracking/itchy skin
- Discolored toenails
- Abnormal skin coloring
If you inspect your feet on a daily basis, you will become familiar with them and know when there's something wrong. Be proactive and keep yourself healthy.
If you suspect you have diabetic foot disorders, contact the Surprise, Arizona office of Fixing Feet Institute to schedule an appointment. Reach us by calling 623-584-5556 or e-mail us at [email protected].