Diabetes brings on a number of complications that can adversely affect your feet without continual monitoring and diligent care. Along with wearing diabetic footwear to protect your feet, we recommend the following tips for ensuring the health of your feet moving forward:
- Make it a habit to inspect your feet daily. During your daily check, look for calluses, cuts, swelling, blisters, or nail problems, and let your doctor know if you find anything out of the ordinary.
- Wash your feet daily to keep them clean, but never submerge them in scalding water. Always wash your feet in lukewarm water to prevent burns, blistering, and discomfort. As you go about this process, use a soft washcloth and carefully pat the areas in between your toes dry.
- Plan on using a moisturizer every day on your feet, but never apply it in between your toes. Doing so could lead to a fungal infection.
- When cutting your nails, do so carefully. Always trim your nails straight across and be careful not to cut them too short. If in doubt, seek the care of a podiatrist.
- Always wear clean, dry socks and change them on a daily basis. You may also want to consider investing in socks made specially for people who wear diabetic footwear.
If you have questions about diabetic footwear and taking better of your feet following a diabetes diagnosis, our team at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics can help. Call our office today to make your next appointment! You can also download our new patient forms.