Our Marietta, GA, podiatry team can show you how to prevent diabetic foot problems.
People with diabetes are at an increased risk for dealing with foot problems and infections. To prevent serious problems and complications, it’s important that you understand how to best care for your feet. From the office of our Marietta, GA, podiatrist Dr. Ketan Patel, here are three helpful tips for how to properly care for your feet with diabetes.
Examine Your Feet Daily
In order to recognize problems right away this requires you to actually take a look at your feet. Since many people with diabetes also have nerve damage this also means that you may not be able to feel when you have an injury or problem.
That’s why you should inspect your feet daily to look for any cuts, open wounds, sores, redness, swelling, skin changes, ingrown toenails or other problems. Even the most minor issues need to be addressed. If you have trouble checking your feet yourself ask a family member or use a hand mirror.
Wear Shoes and Socks at All Times
Whether you’re spending time outside or just kicking it at home, you still need to sport protective footwear. Again, nerve damage can make it difficult to tell when you’ve cut, wounded or burned your feet. By wearing shoes and socks throughout the day you can minimize injury. Furthermore, the type of shoes you wear matters.
Look for shoes with large toe boxes, that won’t rub against your feet or bunch up toes, and that provide you with ample cushioning and support. Not sure which kind of shoes to get? Our podiatrist would be happy to provide some recommendations the next time you’re at his Marietta, GA, office.
Keep Feet Dry
It’s important that you are washing your feet every day with warm, soapy water. Once feet are cleaned it’s also just as important that you dry them thoroughly. This is particularly important for the areas behind toes, because leaving skin moist can also increase your risk for infection. So, the next time you step out of the tub, make sure to towel dry your feet. You should also remove sweaty or wet shoes and socks immediately.
The best way to protect your feet from problems is to prevent injuries and wounds in the first place. Of course, if you do end up dealing with an injury it’s important that you turn to our podiatrist who specializes in treating diabetic feet. Call Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia in Marietta, GA, at (770) 952-5300.