Some Tips for Foot Care in Diabetes
May 25, 2018
Some tips for foot care in diabetes
- Keep blood glucose under control
- Wash feet everyday and make sure that you dry them thoroughly. Inspect between toes.
- Always cut nails straight across and then smooth the edges.
- Check toes for any fungal infection
- Consult a podiatrist for corns, calluses or ingrown toenails. Do not attempt to self-treat these conditions.
- Nerve damage can be unpredictable. Consult your doctor if you feel any change in sensation (pain, tingling, burning, numbness, etc) in toes, feet, or legs.
- If skin is dry, apply cream or petroleum jelly to feet and heels, but avoid the area between your toes
- Protect feet from extremes in temperature.
- Regular exercise improves circulation to all extremities. Try non-impact exercises on feet like swimming, cycling and yoga. Don’t exercise when there are open sores on the feet.
- Avoid walking barefoot, always wear shoes or slippers. Wear socks with your shoes, since leather, plastics, and manmade shoe materials can irritate skin and cause infections.