Fall officially arrived this week with the autumnal equinox. Like it or not, cooler weather and longer nights are on their way. Along with that, though, comes beautiful fall colors, delicious apples and pumpkins, and harvest moons. It’s also a season of preparation. Animals everywhere are storing away for the colder months. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you should be preparing in your own way, too. Diabetic foot care never goes out of season—it needs regular attention.
Diabetes poses a serious health problem for your lower limbs. Fluctuating blood sugar levels damage nerves, impair circulation, and weaken tissues. You develop a higher risk for injuries and issues like ulcers, while losing your ability to heal those conditions efficiently.
You have to invest in diabetic foot care to prevent otherwise small problems from deteriorating into big ones that could, if left unchecked, lead to limb amputations. That means wearing the right footwear, keeping feet clean, and inspecting them regularly for changes.
- Footwear: You need supportive shoes to manage pressure on your lower limbs. The right shoes should be breathable as well as protect your feet from biomechanical problems. You may need orthotics to help with this. Wear fitted, moisture-wicking socks as well to reduce your risk for fungal infections and blisters. Keep your feet covered at all times—even when you’re at home—to avoid accidental injuries.
- Cleanliness: Wash and completely dry your feet every day. Use warm—not hot—running water and a gentle soap. Pat your feet to dry them and make sure you get in between your toes. Rub lotion into your skin afterwards, paying extra attention to your heels and avoiding between the toes. Clip nails straight across every few weeks.
- Inspection: Check your feet for changes daily. Even small problems can be concerning. Look for cuts, bruises, bumps, skin or nail discoloration, temperature changes, and little sores. If you find something, have it investigated to make sure nothing more serious develops.
Diabetic foot care is not optional. It can make all the difference for protecting your feet from pain and serious infections. If you aren’t sure how to take care of your diabetes, or you’ve noticed problems already, let us know at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. in Connecticut. Simply use the website or call to make an appointment: (203) 876-7736 for Milford, or (203) 288-4055 for Hamden.