Everyday Tips to Help Keep Your Feet Healthy
Tip 1: Check Your Feet Daily
Diabetes can cause damage to your nerves and blood vessels, but you may not be able to feel pain in your feet. Checking your feet daily is a crucial part of keeping them healthy. This can help you notice foot problems, such as redness, swelling, sores, or blisters.
Here’s a quick tip:
First, wash your feet with soap and water. Next, dry them thoroughly, including between your toes. Then, inspect your feet for any cuts, bruises, blisters, or other problems.
If you see anything that concerns you, don’t hesitate to call your doctor. Checking your feet daily is essential if you have diabetes, so don’t neglect your feet.
Tip 2: Do Not Go Barefoot
Another way to take care of your feet if you have diabetes is to avoid going barefoot. Walking barefoot can increase your risk of developing foot blisters and ulcers.
To keep your feet healthy, it’s best to always wear something on your feet, whether inside your house, in the garden, or just coming out of the swimming pool.
It would help if you always wear socks, sandals, and shoes that fit well and support your feet to help prevent foot injuries and problems. In addition, these should protect your feet from extreme temperature changes.
Tip 3: Use Lotion Properly on Your Feet
It’s imperative to use lotion properly. Lotions can help to keep your feet moisturized. This can prevent them from cracking and other problems.
When applying lotion, massage it into your feet thoroughly. Make sure to use light lotion between the toes, massaging in until completely absorbed. Excess lotion between the toes could lead to a higher chance of developing athlete’s foot or other fungal infections for people with sweaty feet. Also, pay special attention to any cracked or dry areas. But don’t put lotion on any open cuts or wounds.
Also, apply lotion on your feet after you shower while your skin is still damp. This will help to lock in the moisture and prevent further damage. Be sure to use a separate towel for your feet, so you don’t spread bacteria.
Tip 4: No Surgeries at Home
We understand that you may be tempted to correct problems you’ve identified on your feet. This may include doing simple things like removing calluses. However, this is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious complications.
We recommend avoiding taking matters into your own hands. This includes surgeries at home, no matter how minor they may seem.
Home surgeries can lead to infection, which can be extremely dangerous for people with diabetes. If you have a problem with your feet that requires surgery, be sure to come see us for help.
Our podiatrists will adequately assess your feet and provide the best foot care possible.