Healthy Living:  Diabetic Foot Care

Healthy Living: Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetics are at higher risk of developing foot complications due to prolonged periods of high blood sugar, which can come in the form of diabetic neuropathy or peripheral arterial disease.

For healthy feet, follow the 10 foot-health tips below.

  1. Examine your feet daily for any changes or injuries.
  2. Wash your feet daily to keep them clean and lower the risk of infection.
  3. Wear supportive shoes and socks to keep your feet protected from harmful objects on the ground. Socks should fit loosely to avoid cutting off blood flow to the feet.
  4. Promote blood flow to the feet by putting feet up while sitting, wiggling toes periodically, and exercising to promote better foot circulation.
  5. Trim nails carefully by cutting them short and straight across. Rounded toenails can cause ingrown toenails, which can lead to an infection. 
  6. Care for corns and bunions carefully. Never shave corns because it raises the risk of infection.
  7. Protect your feet from extremely hot and cold temperatures because it can cause damage to the feet.
  8. Get your feet checked regularly by a medical provider. Regular examinations can help prevent infections, amputations, and foot deformities. 
  9. Control your blood sugar. Uncontrolled blood sugars greatly increase the risk of diabetic foot complications.
  10. Avoid smoking. Smoking adversely affects blood flow throughout the body and its tissues.

Foot health is vital for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

For diabetes-related questions, call 888-452-IRMC (4762) to schedule an appointment with IRMC Physician Group endocrinologist, Dr. Mushtaq Syed, or nurse practitioner, Annette Kubalek.

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