Foot Care Vitally Important for Those with Diabetes
What’s the connection between diabetes and foot care? If your blood sugar level is out of control, the nerves in your feet may be damaged. You may not notice a sore on your foot because you can’t feel it so it may become infected.
At the same time, diabetes may cause a blockage in the artery that goes to your feet. Reduced blood supply means that your immune system can’t help heal the sore by sending white blood cells to the rescue. The result? An undetected sore or blister gets worse and becomes infected and even may cause a toe or foot to be amputated.
Foot Care is Critical for Individuals with Diabetes
If you or a family member has diabetes, be sure to do all you can to prevent foot problems from becoming serious. Here are a few tips that are easy to add to your routine:
An antifungal solution is applied directly to the nail.
An antifungal oral prescription.
Removing part of the damaged skin or part or all of the nail.
Keep Toes Clean and Dry to Prevent Toenail Fungus
Wash and dry feet thoroughly each day, then apply lotion – but not between the toes.
Examine feet daily. Look for cuts, sores, blisters, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails and cracked skin.
Cut toenails straight across and don’t cut the cuticles.
Always protect your feet – don’t go barefoot. Wear comfortable loose socks and keep them dry. Shoes should be sturdy, roomy in the toes and comfortable with no rough surfaces inside.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and a perfect time to highlight the importance of foot care for those with this disease. November is also the 75th anniversary of the American Diabetes Association.
Be sure to contact us quickly if you observe any unusual problems with your feet such as sores or wounds, pain or numbness, calluses, redness or blackening, ingrown toenails or infections. Treating small problems promptly reduces the risk of developing serious complications.