This is the time of year when you determine what kind of positive changes you want to make in your life and then create a plan to achieve those objectives. Many people focus on improving their physical fitness, usually via exercise and diet goals. We think this is truly admirable and hope that those who do are able to stay committed to these healthy lifestyle changes for the long haul. Beyond exercising and eating better, though, foot health is also an important component to your well-being, especially for those living with diabetes. With this in mind, we offer these simple diabetic foot care tips so you can make a resolution for healthier feet in 2015:
- On a daily basis, wash your feet with warm (not hot!) water and mild soap. After you have washed them, dry your feet thoroughly. Make sure to completely dry between your toes because those areas are especially prone to fungal infections.
- Wash your feet, but do not soak them. Soaking your feet could potentially lead to an infection if your skin breaks down.
- Use moisturizing lotion on your feet, in order to prevent dryness and cracking, but do not put the lotion between your toes, as this could encourage fungal growth.
- Good diabetic foot care must include a daily foot inspection. You may need to use a mirror to check the undersides of your feet, but be sure to look for cuts, scratches, ulcers, blisters, dry skin, plantar warts, ingrown toenails, and discolored skin (red, blue, or black).
- If you observe any of the above conditions, contact Dr. Danciger and schedule the soonest appointment possible.
Our office hopes that you are able to follow these diabetic foot care tips in order to reduce the risk of serious complications that may otherwise happen. We want to remind you that if you observe something out of the ordinary, you need to come see us as soon as possible.
When you live with diabetes, it means having to give extra care and attention to your feet. We are here to help you with this. If you have any questions, or need to make an appointment with Harvey R. Danciger, DPM, either call our Palm Desert, CA, office at (760) 568-0108 or use the online form today.
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