Diabetes Awareness Month!
Patient should wash and dry their feet thoroughly.
Dr. An here from Foot and Ankle Associates. Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month I wanted to review some important points regarding foot care tailored to diabetic patients, but may be applicable to anyone, especially those with peripheral neuropathy.
Here are a few guidelines that 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 evaluate them.
Be sure to dry in between your toes because the interspaces can hold moisture and cause skin breakdown. Always test the temperature of the water to avoid burning your skin
After showering be sure to keep your feet moisturized.
This will prevent cracking/fissuring of your skin and minimize callus build up. Be careful and avoid applying moisturizer in between your toes.
Do NOT attempt to trim your toenails or treat your calluses/corns at home.
If your podiatrist
normally trims your toenails, do NOT attempt to trim them by yourself at home. If you feel a sharp spot, you can use a file to gently smooth it down.
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
, no matter how big or small, contact your Foot and Ankle Associates
for evaluation and treatment. 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 remember to follow all guidelines.
- Dr. Stephen An