The Do's and Do Not's of Foot Care for Diabetics

Our Indianapolis diabetic foot care patients are always asking what they can do to try and improve their foot health. The simple fact is living with diabetes can be a real pain in your feet! Having diabetes can cause two serious problems that can affect your feet. Both nerve damage and poor blood circulation are typical for people who have high blood glucose due to diabetes. You may be experiencing chronic discomfort in your feet, and while the right diabetic shoes and socks can help with aches and pains, taking the right preventative measures is the best way to proper diabetic foot care. Avoiding bad habits and actively taking care of your feet will help reduce the problems that can arise in your feet when you have diabetes and diabetic foot care is a valid concern.

Diabetic Foot Care Tips:

Stay Active

Remaining active and having a regular exercise regiment of at least 30 minutes a day will help with blood flow to your feet. Ask your doctor for a list of activities that will be best for you.

Avoid Fatty Foods

Stick to eating healthy and stick the diet plan that you and your doctor have discussed. Make sure that you are checking your blood glucose regularly. Keeping your blood glucose levels in check with diet and exercise will help keep your feet feeling great.

Check Your Feet Everyday

If you are experiencing feet problems due to your diabetes, it is important to check your feet daily for cuts, blisters, swelling, sores, or redness. These can be the beginnings of much more serious feet problems for people living with diabetes and should be taken care of immediately. Wash your feet daily with warm water and keep your toenails trimmed. If the skin on your feet is dried and cracked, apply lotion and scrub gently with a pumice stone. This will help prevent any abrasions on your feet that could lead to more serious problems.

Avoid Stress and Smoking

High cholesterol or high blood pressure can lead to more problems for your circulation to your feet and other extremities. It is important to check and maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol. Smoking increases the risk of complications that you can experience with your diabetes. Help prevent diabetic complications before they start by taking good care of yourself…and your feet!

Author
Dr. Todd Mann Dr. Mann has been providing podiatry care for over 19 years. He grew up in Dayton, OH where he volunteered from the age of 10 at the nursing home where is mom was a nurse. He attended IU Bloomington to earn his undergraduate degree and then attended the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine where he graduated with honors. He started At Home Podiatry to provide high quality podiatry care to patients who had a difficult time leaving their homes. Dr. Mann is a Certified Wound Specialist. He is board certified by the American Board of Wound Management.

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