DIABETIC FOOT

What Are Some Common Foot Problems With Diabetes?

Anyone can get the foot problems listed below. For people with diabetes, however, these common foot problems can lead to infection and serious complications, such as amputation.

Tips for Diabetic Foot Care

Proper foot care can prevent these common foot problems or treat them before they cause serious complications. Here are some tips for good foot care:

SERVICES

PRE-TREATMENT

SERVICES

POST-TREATMENT

  1. Take care of yourself and your diabetes. Follow your doctor’s advice regarding nutrition, exercise, and medication. Keep your blood sugar level within the range recommended by your doctor.
  2. Check your feet every day for sores, blisters, redness, calluses, or any other problems. If you have poor blood flow, it is especially important to check your feet daily.
  3. Check your toenails once a week. Trim your toenails with a nail clipper straight across. Do not round off the corners of toenails or cut down on the sides of the nails. After clipping, smooth the toenails with a nail file.
  4. Always wear closed-toed shoes or slippers. Do not wear sandals and do not walk barefoot, even around the house.
  5. Wear shoes that fit well. Buy shoes made of canvas or leather and break them in slowly. Extra wide shoes are also available in specialty stores that will allow for more room for the foot if you have a foot deformity.
  6. Always check the inside of shoes to make sure that no objects are left inside.
  7. Protect your feet from heat and cold. Wear shoes at the beach or on hot pavement. Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.
  8. If you have a foot problem that gets worse or won’t heal, contact your doctor.
  9. Make sure your diabetes doctor checks your feet during each checkup. Get a thorough foot exam once a year.