Diabetes can cause serious complications for your feet. Find out how to prevent these health issues.
Did you know that in 2012 the American Diabetes Association discovered that about 1.4 million Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes each year and about 29.1 million Americans were already diagnosed with this condition? If you are someone who has already been diagnosed with diabetes, then you’ll certainly want our Jackson and Clinton, MS, podiatrists, Dr. Stefanie Thomas and Dr. Ashley Blackwell, on your side. Here’s how to care for diabetic feet.
Prevention is Key
You should be coming in once a year so that one of our Jackson and Clinton foot doctors can examine your feet to make sure that you aren’t facing any issues. These exams could protect your feet from complications that could lead to infection or even amputation. It’s also important to visit us right away if you are dealing with any cuts, corns, calluses, open wounds or other issues. Any changes to the health of your feet need to be addressed right away.
Keep Feet Clean
You need to make a point of cleaning your feet thoroughly each and every day. With all the bacteria and fungus we encounter on a day-to-day basis this can leave diabetic feet prone to issues. Make sure to always clean your feet with soap and warm water. After you have washed your feet always dry your feet completely (and don’t forget to dry between your toes, too!).
Dry feet can lead to cracks, which can leave feet susceptible to harmful bacteria. To prevent this from happening, always make sure to apply moisturizer to your feet after washing and drying them. If you aren’t sure what kind of products to use we can offer up some recommendations.
Footwear is a Must
No matter how enticing it might seem you should never walk around without shoes and socks. Going barefoot can increase your chances of injury. Always make sure to check inside your shoes before putting them out, particularly if you have lost sensation in your feet. Opt for shoes that provide ample support, particularly for the arches.
Whether you have questions about caring for your diabetic feet or you need to schedule your next appointment turn to Premier Foot Clinic in Jackson and Clinton, MS, for all of your diabetic foot needs.