Avoiding Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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June is National Wound Healing Awareness Month, and at the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston, we’d like to invite you to observe it with us by refreshing yourself on the best practices for avoiding and treating diabetic foot wounds and ulcers. Infections caused by open wounds pose serious health to your long-term mobility, but we believe that by following proper precautions, you can avoid developing wounds. 

Keep Your Feet Clean and Dry 

            Keep your feet clean by washing them every day with soap and lukewarm water. Be sure to carefully and thoroughly dry your feet before putting on your socks and shoes. In summer months, you will probably experience more sweating than you usually do, so keep your feet dry by changing your socks frequently throughout the day. For long days out, put talcum powder between your toes to absorb moisture and prevent excess friction. 

Keep Glucose Levels Under Tight Control 

            Keeping your glucose levels under control will help prevent nerve damage conditions that can limit your foot sensation and make it possible for you to step on a sharp object unknowingly. Control your glucose levels by: 

  • Eating foods with a low glycemic index

  • Drinking plenty of water

  • Stop or significantly limit alcohol intake

  • Practice regular, moderate exercise 

Get the Right Fit 

            Choosing the right shoes is critical when avoiding wounds and ulcers. Shoes that fit too tightly or don’t properly support your foot shape will create pressure points that could break the skin after regular wear. Talk to your foot doctor about foot orthotics to ensure that every pair of shoes you buy will give your feet the support they need to prevent wounds and ulcers. 

            The most effective way to avoid ulcers long term is to develop a regular relationship with your local podiatrist. If you reside in North Houston, visit the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston. Our board-certified podiatrists are ready to give you the guidance you need to avoid and heal diabetic wounds and ulcers. We’re proud to offer convenient locations in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland, and Livingston. Make an appointment online or call (281) 444-4114 today.