Top Five Diabetic Foot Care Tips
November has been highlighted by the American Diabetes Association as the time of year to bring attention to the issues surrounding diabetes and to honor and support those who are impacted by the disease.
There are almost 26 million children and adults in the United States who have diabetes and there are another 76 million who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Part of the efforts to stop diabetes involves bringing awareness of risk factors for the disease and educating on how to best take care of your health if you have it. One key part of health care for a person with this condition is foot health.
We are very diligent with our care for patients who have diabetes. Poor circulation and neuropathy, two complications often associated with this disease put patients at risk for serious injury and foot complications. These can often be avoided with the right foot care so keep reading for our top diabetic foot care tips.
- Inspect your feet every day. Look for the smallest of injuries and changes to your foot health. Take note of cuts, abrasions, blisters, redness, swelling, toenail health and skin color changes.
- Have a daily foot care routine that involves washing and drying feet and taking care of toenails.
- Wear the right shoes. Footwear needs to fit your feet properly, be supportive, and be comfortable. At the first sign of irritation or redness in shoes, switch them out and find a better pair. It may be an investment but a small blister could turn into a wound that does not heal.
- Keep your skin soft but not too moist. Dry cracking skin could lead to infection, and extra moisture could result in a fungal infection.
- The last important tip is to take quick action as soon as any minor symptom is noticed. Don’t delay and never take treatment into your own hands.
If you have any questions or need diabetic foot care, please contact Dr. Harvey Danciger for help. Make an appointment at our office in Palm Desert, CA by calling (760) 568-0108.