Diabetes: Taking care of your feet

28 Oct

diabetic inspecting foot illustration

If you’ve been diagnosed with Diabetes, you need to constantly be on your guard for foot related injuries and problems.  As you’ve no doubt been informed, Diabetes left unchecked can cause tremendous damage to the feet. Here then are some helpful tips for you to follow to discover any symptoms of problems before they turn into painful issues.
  • Make sure you are inspecting your feet daily.  Check to see if there are any cuts, scrapes, redness, drainage, bad odor, rash, discoloration, loss of hair on toes, injuries, or if your toenails have deformed, striped, yellowed, discolored, thickened or are not growing.
  • Never ignore leg pain.  Leg pain could mean that you have a blocked artery, so contact your doctor immediately if this occurs.
  • Trim your toenails properly, cutting them straight, not curved.
  • Never trim your calluses or corns yourself and don’t use over-the-counter medicated pads. Contact your podiatrist to help you properly take care of the problem.
  • Do not go barefoot and make sure to keep floors free of sharp objects.
  • Make it a habit to check your shoes and socks for any damage and make sure your socks are not bunched up anywhere on your feet.
  • Have your circulation and sense of feeling tested by a podiatrist to see if you have lost any feeling or circulation in your feet.  If you have, you may not feel a cut or puncture on your foot.  That’s why we stress that you inspect your feet daily, so that a wound can be taken care of properly and in a timely fashion.  Wounds of this nature can easily become infected, which can ultimately lead to an amputation of your leg.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Diabetic Foot and Ankle Center at East Penn Foot and Ankle Associates. 

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