If you have diabetes, you have more in common with celebrities like Tom Hanks and Halle Berry than you might think. They, like you, know that having safe diabetic feet is important, because many complications can occur in your feet and legs when you don’t keep your diabetes under control. A little extra time and care can really pay off.
Every day you need to check your feet for abnormalities, since neuropathy could lead to a loss of feeling in your feet. Here is a list of seven things to look for:
- Discoloration—check for redness (a sign of irritation) and dark colored bruises.
- Blisters—if you find one, look for what might have caused it. If your shoes are the problem it might be time to get a new pair.
- Break in the skin—clean it thoroughly and cover it with a bandage. If it doesn’t heal within a few days call your doctor.
- Calluses or corns—do not try to remove them yourself. Call your doctor.
- Moisture between your toes—could lead to a fungal infection or Athlete’s foot. Make sure your feet are completely dry before putting on shoes.
- Ingrown toenail—call your doctor before it becomes infected.
- Sore or ulcer—call your doctor immediately. Do not try to treat this at home or assume it will go away. If you don’t get professional help it may lead to an infection and ultimately, an amputation.
When you have diabetes your foot health becomes more important than ever. Nerve damage can lead to an inability to feel a problem, so catching it with your eyes is crucial to staying protected.
Call Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ. We want to make sure your feet are as healthy as can be and that means keeping your diabetes managed and under control.
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