Diabetes Foot Care

It's more than a good manicure.

Keeping your feet soft and supple is essential to good diabetes care. 

Keeping your feet soft and supple is essential to good diabetes care. 

Our feet. Sometimes we forget how much we need them to get where we are going along with the wear and tear they take to get our destination.  Most of us need to take better care of our digits, especially individuals with diabetes. 

Why?

 Poor blood sugar(glucose) control for people with diabetes impairs blood circulation and causes nerve damage in their feet. Also, small sores on their feet can lead into infections and eventually amputations.

Here are some top tips to proper foot care for your diabetes.

1. Be proactive, keep your blood sugar under control.

Sounds obvious but it never hurts us to remember. Keeping your fasting blood glucose to 80-130mg/dl and your 2 hour post-meal(postprandial) blood sugar under 140mg/dl helps to prevent problems from occurring. 

2. Wash and lotion your feet daily to keep them clean and soft.

Dry cracked smelly feet are not only unattractive they are a haven for bacteria.  Too much bacteria can cause infections. Wash your feet and invest in lotion to keep your feet clean and soft. However, avoid adding lotion between your toes since this can create environment that favors fungal growth. 

3. Avoid over-the-counter products or sharp products for removing corns and callouses.

Over the counter medications to remove  foot warts  or corns are not recommended for people with diabetes. If you have neuropathy or nerve damage to your feet have a podiatrist or foot nurse provide foot care. 

4. Wear well fitting shoes and socks at all times.

Most foot specialists recommend padded socks made with acrylic and acrylic blends for people with diabetes. Change your socks daily and rotate your shoes daily to reduce wear and tear on your feet.  Also, make sure your shoes are actually comfortable to avoid corns and callouses.

6. Protect your feet from extreme hot and cold temperatures.

Wearing shoes at the beach and hot pavement, wearing socks at night when your feet are cold, never testing bath water with your feet and avoiding heating pads on your feet will protect your digits from potential problems. 

7. Exercise regularly and avoid any movement that restricts blood flow to your feet.

Try to get in at least 30 minutes of movement daily.  Wiggle your toes and move your ankles for 5 minutes several times daily.  Avoid crossing your legs for long periods of times. These are actions you need to take to keep proper circulation in your feet. 

The National Institute of Health or NIH has more detailed information and resources to provide for foot care.

If you have any comments or questions please share them in the comment section below. As always your input could help others.

 

Best,

 

 

Allison