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Diabetic Foot Care

Having diabetes puts you at risk of developing a wide range of foot problems, making proper foot care essential. Diabetic foot complications are the number one reason behind non-traumatic foot amputations in the United States and cause one in five people with diabetes to enter the hospital.

Inspect your feet daily: Look for cuts, sores, red spots, an infection, swelling, or areas with an unusual appearance. Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet, or ask a family member or caregiver for help.

Wash and moisturize your feet daily: Use lukewarm water to wash your feet, and gently pat your feet dry. Carefully dry the skin between the toes and use a good quality moisturizer (one that does not contain alcohol) but avoid applying it between the toes because dampness between the toes could lead to athlete’s foot. Moisturizing your feet will prevent them from drying and cracking. Do not soak your feet because it could cause your skin to dry out. 

Never trim corns or calluses by yourself: Have a podiatrist at Ankle & Foot of Edmonds remove corns or calluses. Avoid using liquid corn and callus removers because they can cause chemical burns. A corn or callus could be caused by pressure and indicate the need for special shoes or orthotics (shoe inserts) to relieve the pressure. Our physicians can recommend the best care for your needs.

Cut your toenails carefully: Trim your toenails once a week. Trim them straight across and file the edges so that there are no sharp corners. Do not cut your toenails too short, rip off hangnails, cut down into the corners, or trim into the quick. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at Ankle & Foot of Edmonds if your nails are thickened and yellow and you cannot cut them yourself.

Wearing socks and shoes is mandatory: Never walk around barefoot, even at home, since you could step on something and suffer an injury. Choose socks that wick away moisture and have comfortable (not tight) elastic bands because tight bands will reduce circulation. Don’t wear thick or bulky socks since they can fit poorly and irritate the skin. Change your socks daily. If your feet get cold at night, wear socks to bed. Do not ever use a heating pad or a hot water bottle. Keep slippers with good soles by your bed to use when you get up. Wear shoes that fit properly and gradually break in a new pair of shoes. Before putting on your shoes each day, shake them out to make sure there are no foreign objects in them and feel around inside your shoes for any seams or bumps that could cause friction on your skin.

Take care of your diabetes: Keeping your blood sugar under control can go a long way toward preventing or delaying foot complications. If you smoke, quit the habit because smoking restricts blood flow in your feet. Visit a foot doctor at Ankle & Foot of Edmonds at least once a year. Our podiatrists will assess your pedal pulses, check for altered sensation, and carefully inspect the appearance of your feet. They will also answer any questions you have regarding foot care. Contact us immediately if you discover an infection, inflammation, an ingrown toenail, or a foot ulcer. You should also give us a call immediately if you notice any changes in sensation in your feet, you develop severe foot pain, or the color of your feet changes.

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