Dr. An here from Foot and Ankle Associates. I just wanted to take some time to review a couple important points regarding foot care tailored to diabetic patients, patients with peripheral neuropathy and really any at risk patient. During these trying times, it is important not to neglect your health, especially your feet. Unfortunately, our feet are often the last part of our body to receive care, despite their important role vital to our daily lives.
There are several guidelines diabetic or at risk patients should follow in order to maintain healthy feet and avoid problems:
Daily foot inspections.
Look for blisters, cuts, red skin irritation, foreign bodies, fissured calluses, etc. If you are unable to see the bottom of your feet use a mirror or ask someone else to look at them.
Wash and dry your feet thoroughly.
Always test the temperature of the water to avoid burning your skin. And, be sure to dry in between your toes. The interspaces can hold moisture and cause skin breakdown.
After showering be sure to keep your feet moisturized.
Keeping your feet moisturized will prevent cracking/fissuring of your skin and minimize callus build up. But, avoid applying moisturizer in between your toes.
Do NOT attempt to treat your calluses or corns at home. If your podiatrist normally trims your toenails, do NOT attempt to trim them by yourself at home.
Always wear shoes and socks, even while at home.
Diabetic shoes and socks are recommended because they are made of specific materials and designed in such a way to minimize irritation to your feet.
Check the insides of your shoes for foreign bodies before putting them on.
If you have any foot issues, Foot and Ankle can help you figure it out! Call to ask for advice or to see if it is an urgent issue that needs to be addressed sooner. Remember, it is easier to prevent diabetic related foot issues rather than trying to treat them after the fact. I hope you find this helpful and please be safe during this time and follow all guidelines.
Dr. Stephen An