Last month was National Diabetes Awareness month, but even though the calendar has changed, you shouldn’t forget about your diabetic foot care. In fact, as the holiday season progresses, paying attention to your lower limbs and your diabetes are more important than ever. No one wants foot ulcers to develop and interfere with their time for family and friends. That’s why you should take steps now to prevent ulcers later.
Damage to blood vessels and nerves from diabetes are the main reasons foot ulcers develop. The high sugar levels impair your blood vessels and weaken your immune system, so it’s much harder to recover from even small injuries. The nerve damage means you aren’t able to feel problems when they arise, especially if they’re small, so you may not be aware you need to treat an issue. As you then continue to walk on the slow-healing injury, it breaks down into an ulcer.
You can potentially prevent all of this from happening by building and maintaining excellent diabetic foot care habits. Here are some of the most important habits that can help you prevent foot wounds before they start:
- Check feet daily for changes – Inspect your feet thoroughly for changes like cuts, blisters, bruises, skin or nail discolorations, or unusual lumps. Have any injuries or abnormalities taken care of as soon as possible.
- Keep feet covered – Don’t walk around in bare feet, or even in just socks. It’s too easy to step on something sharp. Instead, wear shoes or rubber-soled slippers at all times.
- Wear appropriate shoes – Make sure the shoes you wear fit properly and have the appropriate cushioning and support. This helps your feet absorb pressure without damaging your lower limbs.
- Improve your general health – Work to stabilize and lower you blood sugar levels, so they aren’t damaging your body. You may need to cut out smoking and alcohol as well.
Keep in mind that the little bit of time that you invest in your lower limbs now is far better than having your holiday interrupted by a diabetic wound. Don’t wait to develop a foot ulcer to seek help. Instead, contact Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. to take care of the “little” injuries now. Use the website or call to reach our Connecticut offices: (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden office, or (203) 876-7736 for the Milford location.
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