November is American Diabetes Month, and we are continuing to discuss good diabetic foot care. Many people with this disease don’t realize the importance of keeping their feet clean and dry. This goes hand in hand with daily foot checks and should be a priority in order to avoid a number of conditions.
If you have diabetes, you may notice that the skin on your feet becomes extremely dry. This can result in cracking and peeling, which can ultimately lead to wounds that won’t heal. Preventing this problem is crucial to maintaining your foot health.
Remembering to wash your feet every day is important, but it is what you do after that makes all the difference. You must always dry your feet thoroughly when they’re wet. If you don’t you might end up with a fungal infection. However, maintaining soft, conditioned skin is essential as well. You can do this by applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly to your feet. Don’t apply the jelly in between your toes, as that can also lead to infection from excess wetness. Make sure your shoes allow your feet to breathe and your socks keep moisture away from your skin.
When you have diabetes you have to take extra precautions with your feet. You should be checking them daily to evaluate if any changes have occurred. If you notice any wounds that were not there before, you need to call us immediately. Ignoring them or leaving the healing up to chance could result in developing a diabetic foot ulcer, which can lead to very serious complications (including amputation).
If you have questions about the health of your feet call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.
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