Serving Ashburn/Leesburg, Fairfax/Burke, Reston/Herndon and McLean /Great Falls VA.
By Family Foot and Ankle Center
June 15, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetes  
 
It is important to raise awareness for diabetes, but what does that mean for your feet? If you have diabetes, you may understand the importance of proper care and maintenance of your blood sugar levels. However, did you know that the health of your feet directly relate to your diabetes as well? 
 
Your podiatrist understands the importance of diabetic foot care, which is why he or she continues to raise awareness for the importance of proper diabetic foot care not just for one day, but also for the whole year.  Your podiatrist is available to provide you with some helpful tips for caring for your feet if you suffer from diabetes. Let’s take a look at some helpful tips.
 

The 5 Helpful Tips for Diabetic Foot Care

Your podiatrist stresses the importance of understanding how to care for your feet whether you have diabetes or not. Here are the top 5 tips your podiatrist wants to emphasize for diabetic foot care:
 
  1. Inspect Your Feet Daily – When it comes to your feet, daily inspection is vital in the maintenance of your health.  Even the smallest prick can cause immense pain and infection. 
  2. Wash Your Feet in Lukewarm Water – Do not wash your feet in ice cold water or scalding hot water as these can cause harm to your feet. When washing, remember to use lukewarm water so that you do not irritate your feet.  
  3. Cut Your Nails Carefully – Just as you need to cut your nails properly to avoid ingrown toenails, it is essential to do the same now. By properly cutting your nails you can prevent ingrown toenails, while also preventing cuts or other complications. 
  4. Never Treat Corns or Calluses Yourself – We all know how tempting it can be to perform home surgery on your corns or calluses, but please refrain from doing so. By attempting to treat your corns or calluses, you are putting the health of your feet at risk for infection and other complications.
  5. Take Care of Your Diabetes – This tip may seem like an obvious one, but we cannot reiterate this enough—take care of your diabetes. If you properly care for your diabetes, you are paving the way for health and success.
 
By following these guidelines laid out by your podiatrist, we hope that you will continue to take care of your feet.  If you have diabetes, constant monitoring of your feet is very important.  Remember to look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, and ulcers.

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