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Unfortunately, foot problems are an all-too-common result of living with diabetes. Over time, diabetes will likely cause nerve damage known as diabetic neuropathy. This can lead to painful tingling or burning sensations in your feet and may also cause a loss of feeling. Losing feeling in your feet can be especially dangerous in that you can no longer sense a cut or blister on your foot that can lead to more troublesome sores or infections.
Fortunately, there are many ways for you as a diabetic to maintain foot health. Most importantly, ensure that you’re managing your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels and check your feet daily. It’s important to identify any cuts, sores, blisters, plantar warts, ingrown toenails, or other troubling foot issues to stay ahead of the condition and prevent further harm.
Along with daily foot checks, wash and dry your feet gently but thoroughly with lukewarm water every day. It’s also useful in certain cases to moisturize your feet a few times a week, especially if you’re prone to dryness. Be careful, however, not to moisturize between the toes as they will not dry properly. Another rule to follow is to cut your toenails straight across and don’t dig into the sides of the toes. This will help prevent you from developing an ingrown toenail.
It can also be beneficial to wear socks made specifically for diabetics to provide extra cushioning. You should also refrain from walking barefoot. If you smoke, quitting can help reduce restricted blood flow to your feet.
In certain serious cases, you may notice a cut, blister, or bruise that’s not healing after a few days. If this occurs, promptly seek the help of a professional. Other warning signs include redness, swelling, a callus with dried blood inside of it, or an infection that causes discoloration of the foot, and an odor. If you do happen to develop any foot condition, never attempt to treat it yourself.
Always seek professional help.
If you or someone you know needs more information on how to maintain healthy feet while living with diabetes, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet to provide a proper hygiene and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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