Your shoes can make all the difference in the world, especially for diabetics. Preventing diabetic foot pain is important for those suffering from this condition, but it is also important to take proper care of your feet. Diabetics are vulnerable to having foot problems since the condition inhibits the flow of blood to the extremities. Foot care for diabetics means staying whole and healthy, as well as wearing the right shoe.
Proper Foot Care for Diabetics
There are a few general suggestions for diabetics to help them prevent diabetes foot pain and keep their feet healthy. The first thing you want to do is check your feet every single day, looking for any abnormalities like cuts, sores, swelling, blisters or redness. In addition, be sure to wash and dry your feet daily. Keep your toenails trimmed and use lotion on your feet. Visit a podiatrist one or two times a year so they can perform a complete exam.
Proper Foot Wear for Diabetics
What you wear on your feet affects how your feet feel and ultimately, how you feel. Proper footwear is important for avoiding diabetic foot pain and keeping your feet healthy. Remember to never walk around barefoot as the feet are too easily damaged. The proper footwear will:
- Be comfortable and fit well
- Provide protection for the whole foot
- Have a smooth lining with nothing inside to damage the feet
Your podiatrist can recommend shoes meeting the above requirements. Shoes should be your friend, providing support and protection without putting too much pressure on the feet.
Proper Prevention for Diabetics
There are ways to provide extra prevention and protection to help keep your feet healthy even if you’re diabetic. Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures to the feet, specifically the bottoms. Be careful when putting your feet in water by testing it first. Don’t use heating pads or electric blankets on your feet as you can burn them without realizing it. When seated, do not cross your legs. Make sure to wriggle your toes occasionally and move your feet often. The feet should be elevated if you are prone to swelling. If you develop any calluses, corns or ingrown nails, see a podiatrist for early treatment.
Do you have diabetes? It’s time to make an appointment with Dr. Richard Nicols to have your feet checked.