How To Care For Your Feet As A Diabetic

The Goal Of Diabetic Foot Care


The goal at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists is to lower the risk that our patients lose a toe, a foot, or a leg.  At our office, we help patients take care of their feet and teach them how to protect their feet for a lifetime.  


The first step is to see a podiatrist regularly either at our Sun City podiatry or Scottsdale podiatry office.  Foot care is extremely important because with diabetes, overtime, you can use your feet.    First, you may lose feeling your feet.  You won’t feel a pebble inside your shoe or a blister or even cuts and sores and this can lead to an infection when not treated properly.  


People with diabetes often suffer from pain or loss of feeling in their feet, changes in the shape of their feet and toes, and sores, cuts, or ulcers that do not heal.  If you take care of your feet everyday, you lower the chances of needing an amputation. 


Tips To Protect Your Feet


There are a few things you can do to help prevent an amputation.  The first is to check your feet everyday.  Look for cuts, sores, or red spots.  Importantly, if you notice a problem, do not try to treat it yourself as this can make it worse.  Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists.  


Next, wash your feet everyday in warm, not hot, water.  This will clean your feet making sure bacteria can’t cause an infection.  Also, it is important to see one of our podiatrists at least every other month for a check up.  Here, we will examine your feet checking for any foot problems and if there is an issue, we can take care of it right away instead of it getting worse over time.  


Importantly, our podiatrists will smooth any corns and calluses protecting you from the potential of cuts and sores.  If you can see, reach, and feel your feet, trim your toenails regularly. Have one of our podiatrist trim your toenails if you cannot see, feel, or reach your feet or if your toenails are thick, yellowed, and your nails curve and grow into the skin.


I recommend wearing shoes and socks at all times.  You need to make sure the shoes and socks you wear are best for your lifestyle and foot shape.  We will help you with that. 


It can seem tricky caring for your feet as a diabetic but we will help make it easy for you to understand and apply. 


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By John Erotas