As someone navigating life with diabetes, you know that problems with the feet are both common and incredibly dangerous. In addition to being more likely to develop calluses, bunions, ulcers and other conditions, there is also a greater likelihood that these will segue into disabling infections.
As such, it is critical that you are well informed on podiatry care for diabetics. Luckily, this doesn’t need to be too complicated. Below are some simple tips for diabetic foot care to help you avoid infections and surgery.
Be Careful With Shower and Bath Temperature
Diabetic neuropathy means foot care is critical.
Diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage, can make it difficult to sense heat and pain in the feet. However, most people get into the bath and shower feet first. This can result in burns to the skin before you realize just how hot the water is.
Test water temperature with your elbow first, not your feet or hands, to ensure you get an accurate read on the heat and avoid damage to your toes and fingers.
Purchase Diabetic Footwear and Socks
Part of caring for your feet is making sure you outfit them properly. Look for shoes that offer depth in the toe box and full coverage, avoiding seams that rub the feet.
Socks should be seamless and padded. Look for those made from breathable or moisture-wicking material to make it less likely that you will develop fungal infections.
Wear Socks at All Times
Going barefoot may feel comfortable and natural, but if you have diabetes, it should be avoided. Even walking around the house without socks puts you at greater risk for cuts and scrapes. And should you have neuropathy, you might not even realize an injury has occurred until it gets bad.
See Your Podiatrist Multiple Times a Year
Seemingly harmless issues can be highly problematic for people with diabetes. Visiting your podiatrist multiple times a year ensures that seemingly minor calluses don’t turn into a dangerous infection. It also allows them to catch other issues that might escape your notice.
To schedule your checkup with the Shady Grove team, head over to our contact page or call our Gaithersburg office today at 301-948-2995.