Proper Diabetic Foot Care involves proactive care and treatment of foot ailments. Diabetics have an increased susceptibility to developing severe foot complications due to nerve issues and infections that they acquire more easily than the general population.
Those who have diabetes should regularly inspect their feet by checking the tops, edges, soles, heels, and toes. Medical assistance should be sought quickly if any cuts or discolored skin are noticed. Feet should be washed with soap and water on a daily basis, but hot water should be avoided. Use an elbow to verify the temperature of the water because diabetics may not have accurate sensations in their feet. Feet should also be dried carefully since infections can happen in damp parts of the feet, especially in between toes. Feet should also be kept moisturized with lotion, being mindful not to do so in between toes since those areas are generally moist.
Diabetics should take precautions and refrain from using anything that can burn the skin such as heating pads or hot water bottles. Other activities to avoid include walking without footwear, removing corns or calluses without medical assistance, sitting cross-legged and standing for long periods of time in the same position.
Rules of thumb to follow are:
· Conducting frequent medical tests, inspecting feet for many types of conditions.
· Having blood monitored on a daily basis to check blood sugar levels.
· Exercising regularly to avoid gaining weight.
· Refraining from eating foods high in sugar and eating vegetables instead.
Diabetic foot care is very important for avoiding long-term foot and ankle problems. Please contact us to develop a comprehensive set of steps to follow to ensure that diabetes does not get in the way of your foot health! Here at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, located in Northwest Houston (281) 444-4114, Northeast Houston (281) 446-7773, Tomball (281) 351-8866, Liberty Dayton (936) 336-2633, The Woodlands (936) 231-8500 and Atascocita (281) 883-4849, TX, we strive to ensure your foot well-being is at its best potential. Please make an appointment today by calling our offices at any of the numbers provided above.