Foot Care Tips for People with Diabetes
If you’re one of the 29 million people in America with diabetes, you know that foot care is an integral part of your whole-body health. As November is National Diabetes Month, we here at Bay Podiatry Associates are talking about the issues surrounding this disease. Many patients ask us what they can do day-to-day to ensure their feet stay healthy. To help raise awareness and spread proper information about diabetes, we put together a few foot care tips for our patients with diabetes.
Diabetic Foot Care Tips:
Schedule a complete foot exam annually and keep your podiatrist in the loop of what’s going on with your feet.
Check your feet daily for cuts, abrasions, bruises, swelling, or any changes. Don’t forget between the toes!
Wear shoes and socks every day – don’t go barefoot.
Wear shoes that fit right, including a wide toe box with plenty of room. Prescription shoes made for those with diabetes might be a good option.
Wear socks made of material that will wick moisture away.
Wash your feet every day in warm water with soap. Pat them dry with a towel – and again, don’t forget the toes!
Keep your feet hydrated by rubbing on a foot lotion daily.
Avoid using pumice stones or anything abrasive on your feet.
Trim your toenails the proper way: straight across, not rounded and not too close. This will help you avoid ingrown toenails.
Keep up with your exercise and diet prescribed by your doctor. This will help your body stay healthy and keep blood circulating to your feet.
If you’re a patient with diabetes and you ever notice anything “off” about your feet, give us a call immediately. A small injury can spell major trouble for diabetic patients.
If you’re a patient with diabetes who hasn’t had a checkup with your podiatrist in a while, call our office today. Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas can help to diagnose and treat any foot or ankle issues you might be experiencing. To schedule an appointment at our Brooklyn, NY office, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.