Tips for Treating Diabetic Feet
Tips For Foot Problems From Our Last Blog
Last time, we discussed a list of common problems with diabetic feet. This time we’ll go into some everyday techniques for helping with those problems.
Can These Diabetic Feet Problems Be Prevented?
Proper foot care can help prevent these common foot problems and/or treat them before they cause serious complications. Here are some tips for good foot caree:
- Take care of yourself and your diabetes. Follow your health care provider’s advice regarding nutrition, exercise, and medication. Keep your blood sugar level within the range recommended by your doctor.
- Wash your feet in warm water every day, using a mild soap. Test the temperature of the water with your elbow, because nerve damage can affect sensation in your hands, too. Do not soak your feet. Dry your feet well, especially between the toes.
- Check your feet every day for sores, blisters, redness, calluses, or any of the other problems listed above. If you have poor blood flow, it is especially important to do a daily foot check.
- If the skin on your feet is dry, keep it moist by applying lotion after you wash and dry your feet. Do not put lotion between your toes. Your doctor can tell you which type of lotion is best to use.
- Gently smooth corns and calluses with an emery board or pumice stone. Do this after your bath or shower, when your skin is soft. Move the emery board in only one direction.
- Check your toenails once a week. Trim your toenails with a nail clipper straight across. Do not round off the corners of toenails or cut down on the sides of the nails. After clipping, smooth the toenails with a nail file.
- Always wear closed-toed shoes or slippers. Do not wear sandals and do not walk barefoot, even around the house.
- Always wear socks or stockings. Wear socks or stockings that fit your feet well and have soft elastic.
It’s a Lot of Information, But Here’s More Diabetic Feet Tips
- Wear shoes that fit well. Buy shoes made of canvas or leather and break them in slowly. Extra wide shoes are also available in specialty stores that will allow for more room for the foot for people with foot deformities.
- Always check the inside of shoes to make sure that no objects are left inside by mistake.
- Protect your feet from heat and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.
- Keep the blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting, wiggle your toes and move your ankles several times a day, and don’t cross your legs for long periods of time.
- If you smoke, stop. Smoking can make blood flow problems worse.
- If you have a foot problem that gets worse or won’t heal, contact your doctor for advice and treatment.
- Make sure your diabetes doctor examines your feet during each check-up. An annual foot exam should be performed that includes an inspection of the skin, a check of the temperature of your feet, and an assessment of the sensation to the foot.
- See your podiatrist (foot doctor) every two to three months for check-ups, even if you don’t have any foot problems.
Helping Your Feet at Night is Important, Too
Putting all this effort into protecting your diabetic feet during the day is great, but we all spend a significant portion of our lives asleep in our beds. So it makes sense to protect your feet then, too. The Foot Sleep Guard is an effective way to allow your feet to stay in a more normal position during sleep and not have the covers weighing down on them. This will promote more foot and ankle comfort, and better blood circulation for the many hours you spend in bed. And don’t forget about our promotional program: “Tell a Friend – Get a $10”. Help your friend and yourself with The Foot Sleep Guard.