Diabetes and Foot Care
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people worldwide. As Chiropodists, we want to emphasize the significant impact diabetes can have on your feet and the importance of proactive foot care to prevent complications.
Here are some key points to consider:
- Diabetes and Foot Complications: Diabetes can lead to nerve damage (neuropathy) and reduced blood flow (peripheral vascular disease) in the feet. This combination puts individuals at a higher risk of developing foot complications, such as foot ulcers, infections, and even amputation if not addressed promptly.
- Daily Foot Care Routine: Establishing a daily foot care routine is crucial for individuals with diabetes. We recommend washing your feet with warm water and mild soap, drying them thoroughly (especially between the toes), and moisturizing to prevent dryness and cracking. Remember to inspect your feet regularly for any signs of redness, swelling, cuts, or sores.
- Proper Footwear: Investing in appropriate footwear is essential for diabetic foot care. Choose shoes that provide ample support, have a wide toe box, and are made of breathable materials. Avoid high heels, tight shoes, and open-toed sandals that can increase the risk of foot problems. Custom-made orthotics can also play a vital role in ensuring proper foot alignment and reducing pressure points.
- Regular Professional Check-ups: Regular visits to your Chiropodist are crucial for individuals with diabetes. We can perform comprehensive foot assessments, including checking your foot sensation, circulation, and identifying any potential risk factors. Our expertise allows us to detect problems early on and provide necessary interventions to prevent complications.
- Prevention is Key: Prevention is the cornerstone of diabetic foot care. Along with maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, it’s vital to quit smoking, manage blood pressure, and adopt a balanced diet. Engaging in regular physical activity promotes circulation and helps control diabetes, ultimately benefiting your overall foot health.
Our Chiropodist Lada Milos Lee is here to assist in your care.