Keeping diabetic feet healthy and pain-free
Caring for your feet when you have diabetes can feel daunting. We'll support you every step of the way. Here are some steps you can take at home to keep foot problems at bay.
Protecting Diabetic Feet
Proper care for your feet involves several steps, some more obvious than others, but all essential for your health and safety.
1. Diabetic Shoe Choices: Opt for shoes that fit comfortably - not too loose, not too tight. Your toes should have wiggle room, but your heel should feel supported and cradled. We can help
you find suitable footwear.
2. Nail Care: Keep your toenails short and straight.
3. Cleanliness: Wash your feet daily with mild soap and warm water. Dry them thoroughly afterwards.
4. Skin Care: Keep your skin moisturized to avoid cracks that invite infection. Apply lotion to the heels, tops, and bottoms of your feet, but avoid between your toes.
Lifestyle Choices and Diabetes
Certain lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on your diabetic foot health. Smoking constricts your blood vessels, exacerbating circulation problems associated with diabetes. However, exercise can be a beneficial lifestyle choice, promoting better circulation and weight loss. Low-impact exercises, like walking and swimming, can offer these benefits without putting excessive pressure on your feet. Before starting any exercise program, consult with us. We can identify potential issues and create a safe program for you.