Proper foot care is vitally important when you have diabetes.
If you live with diabetes you know that there is always something to be thinking about when it comes to managing your condition. You need to check your blood sugar levels. You need to watch what foods you eat. You need to take your medication. It can feel overwhelming at times, particularly if you are concerned about other health complications. Our Moorestown, NJ podiatrist, Dr. Howard Abramsohn, is here to provide you with some helpful tips for how to care for your feet to keep them healthy and to stave off the stress.
Keep Feet Clean
While everyone should keep their feet clean you would be surprised how many people think that washing their feet means just standing in the shower. Letting the water run over them is not enough. You should be using warm water and soap to clean every inch of your feet. When you get out of the shower, make sure to towel-dry thoroughly around your feet and between toes.
Prevent Cracked, Dry Skin
Once you get out of the shower apply a moisturizer to your feet right away to keep skin feeling supple. Dry skin is more likely to crack, which can lead to an infection. By applying a thick moisturizer every day you, too, can improve the health of your skin.
Inspect Feet Daily
While this might seem like quite the task, it’s a very important one. How else will you be able to detect changes to your feet without checking them over every day? Take a few moments out of each day to do a thorough inspection. Check between toes, on the soles of your feet and even the heels. Look for redness, sore spots, inflammation, cuts, wounds or calluses. If you notice any of these issues, then it’s time to call our Moorestown foot doctor.
Keep Nails Trimmed
Knowing how to properly trim your toenails will prevent nasty issues like ingrown toenails and infection. To get a smooth, clean cut always trim nails when dry and not wet. Don’t trim nails below the tip of your toes and always cut them straight across rather than at an angle.
Always Protect Your Feet
Even if you stay indoors most of the day, you still need to keep your feet protected. This means always wearing shoes and socks to prevent injury. If you’ve lost sensation in your feet you may not know when you’ve injured yourself. By wearing properly fitted shoes and comfortable, moisture-wicking shoes you can protect diabetic feet from health complications.
Caring for your feet doesn’t have to be difficult. Our foot-care experts at Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates in Moorestown can help make it easier. Whether you have questions or you need care, we are here for you every step of the way.