Knowing how to properly care for your diabetic feet is half the battle.
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes then you’ve probably already heard all the different complications that can arise with this condition. Even if your diabetes is controlled with medication you will still need to take extra precautions to ensure that your feet remain healthy and complication-free.
Since foot complications are fairly common in those with diabetes it’s important to protect yourself. After all, prevention is key to maintaining healthy feet. Your Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL, podiatrists, Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel, can provide you with helpful tips to reduce your risk for ulcers, infections, and more.
Examine Your Feet Everyday
While this might seem excessive you won’t know whether changes in your feet have occurred unless you know what they look and feel like each day. Take a couple of minutes to inspect your feet for redness, sores, calluses, inflammation, or toenail issues. While some foot problems cause pain, not all issues will, particularly if you also have been diagnosed with neuropathy or have a loss of feeling in your limbs. That’s why it’s vitally important to thoroughly check your feet daily to prevent complications. Don’t forget to check the soles and between the toes, too!
Bathe Feet Daily
This tip might seem more than a little obvious but there are some handy ways to wash your feet to protect them from injury or problems. First and foremost, opt for warm but not hot water so you don’t burn yourself. Bathing your feet every day is the best way to remove bacteria and prevent infection. After washing your feet, dry them thoroughly, ensuring that you also dry between the toes to prevent infection. If your feet are prone to dry or cracked skin, this is the perfect time to apply moisturizer.
Keep Toenails Properly Trimmed
While you don’t have to clip toenails every day, try to keep them trimmed to prevent issues. The best time to clip toenails is after washing your feet, as the nails are softer and more malleable. Never cut toenails too short and always cut them straight across. Cutting toenails too short or at an angle can result in an ingrown toenail. If you’re having trouble trimming your own toenails, your Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL, podiatrists can trim them for you. Simply schedule an appointment with us.
Always Wear Shoes
If you have diabetes we always recommend wearing shoes or socks, as even walking around barefoot in your own home can leave your foot prone to injury. Whether you are inside or outside you should opt for some kind of proper footwear. Choose shoes that fit properly and offer enough room for your toes so there is no friction between the shoes and your feet.
If you are living with diabetes, know that Dr. Ricciardi and Dr. Patel of Emerald Coast Podiatry are here to help. We provide diabetic foot care to patients living in and around Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview, FL. To schedule your next checkup, call us today at 850-862-4119 or 850-682-6522.