People living with diabetes are prone to foot problems that may necessitate amputation of a foot or even a whole leg. The reason for this is that diabetes can lead to loss of feeling in the feet over time and, therefore, you may get a cut or a sore and not even feel it. This coupled with the fact that diabetes can lead to reduced blood flow to your feet puts you at risk of developing various foot problems that could cause you a lot of trouble.
Thus, it is important to have a podiatrist as part of your care team if you have diabetes so that any issues you develop can be sorted out in good time. The experts at Rochester Podiatry LLP have shared a few foot care tips you can use to reduce your chances of developing problems with your feet.
- Examine your feet at least once a day
As mentioned above, diabetes can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. By inspecting your feet every day, you will be able to identify any signs of injury to your feet and in case of anything, you can seek help before things get out of hand. Your feet or toes may also change shape and if you notice this, you should inform your podiatrist as soon as possible.
If you cannot inspect your feet yourself for whatever reason, have a family member or your caregiver do this for you. You can also use a mirror. Be on the lookout for any signs of injury to your feet and inform your podiatrist at the earliest opportunity. With diabetes, as with most other health conditions, the sooner you catch the problem, the better your chances of treating it and recovering from it.
- Clean your feet daily
Wash your feet in warm water every day. However, do not soak them in water as this will dry out your skin and could cause other complications. Also, do not use hot water. After washing and drying your feet, apply talcum powder to keep your toes dry in order to prevent athlete’s foot and other problems.
This will prevent your skin from drying up and cracking, which could cause other problems. However, do not apply moisturizer to the area between your toes as you want that area to remain dry.
- Trim your toenails
You need to trim your toenails regularly to prevent them from growing into your skin. You can do this yourself, but if you have lost feeling in your feet or you have difficulty reaching your toes, you should have someone else help you with this.
- Always wear shoes and socks
You should always wear shoes and socks to keep your feet protected from sharp objects that can injure you. Before wearing shoes, inspect them for any foreign objects and torn seams that may injure you. Also, you should never walk barefoot, not even when you are indoors.
- Keep your feet elevated when you are sitting
Your feet may not be getting enough blood if you have diabetes. Keeping your feet elevated increases blood flow to your feet.