Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet. This can be problematic for many individuals, which is why your Spokane Valley, WA, and Kellogg, Hayden, ID, podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol, is here to help.
Diabetics need to take special care of their feet, a small cut may result in serious foot issues like nerve damage. It may also:
- Reduce blood flow to the feet
- It's harder to heal an injury or resist infection
- Infection or a non-healing may risk amputation.
To avoid serious foot problems try following your Spokane Valley, Kellogg, and Hayden podiatrist's advice:
- Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems
- Wash your feet in lukewarm water, not hot water. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily
- Moisturize your feet to prevent dry skin from itching or cracking
- Cut nails straight across and file the edges. Don’t cut nails too short though
- Never treat corns or calluses yourself. Go to your podiatrist
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them daily
- Avoid tight elastic bands that reduce blood circulation
- If your feet get cold at night, wear socks. Don't use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
- Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing. Something as small as a pebble may cut your skin and infect your feet
- Take care of your diabetes and keep your blood sugar levels under control
- Don’t smoke since it restricts blood flow in your feet
- Get periodic foot exams. Seeing your foot and ankle surgeon regularly can help prevent diabetic foot complication
Diabetes can cause serious issues. If you have any questions or concerns about diabetes, you should contact your Spokane Valley, WA, and Kellogg, Hayden, ID, podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol. She has the expertise to help figure out and treat your foot issues.