Diabetic Foot Care
High blood sugar can damage the circulation and nerves to the feet, leaving this population more vulnerable to non-healing cuts and sores. Here’s what you can do to keep your feet healthy and happy:
- For dry feet, apply lotion daily avoiding in between the toes. This area is more sensitive to skin breakdown from excess moisture. For very dry feet, choose a lotion that contains UREA in the ingredient. UREA breaks down hard skin and hydrates it at the same time.
- After showering or bathing, dry between the toes using a towel before putting on socks. Retained moisture is a nice habitat for fungus to grow.
- Wear white or light colored socks, changing them daily or more often if they get soiled. The light color makes it easy to see if you have bleeding from the bottom of your foot.
- Look at your feet daily, especially the bottom. You can place a mirror on the ground if you have a difficult time bending over to see your feet. Look for cuts, calluses or blisters. If you experience any of this, make sure to see your podiatrist right away to prevent further complications such as infections or skin ulceration.
If you’d like to learn more about caring for the diabetic foot, check out my eBook at 831feet.com/ebook. To make your diabetic foot check appointment, call 831-288-3400. We know how important it is for diabetics to have their feet cared for, therefore same day appointments are often available for urgent cases, including infected ingrown nails.