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Footcare for Diabetic Patients

Prevention is the key!

Proper foot care is essential for patients with diabetes.

Due to poor circulation or loss of feeling, people with diabetes need to take precautions in caring for their feet. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent chronic conditions from developing. Through day-to-day footcare and regular visits to a podiatrist, fifty to seventy-five percent of the serious foot problems that plague diabetic patients can be minimized or eliminated. Taking proper precautions and acting swiftly if a problem arises is crucial.

Guidelines for Caring for Your Feet

  • Never wear new shoes longer than 2 hours at a time, and always buy new shoes at the end of the day when your foot is slightly larger.
  • Always inspect the inside of your shoe with your hand, checking for sharp or loose objects before putting it on your foot.
  • Always buy shoes made with soft leather uppers that are able to adapt to the shape of your foot. Never wear open-toed or open-heeled shoes or sandals.
  • Do not attempt to treat foot problems yourself - never use any chemical agent or medicated pad for the removal of corns, calluses or warts.
  • Avoid store bought pads and arch supports, they may place excessive pressure on certain areas and lead to problems.
  • Always wear socks with shoes to reduce friction, provide insulation, and absorb perspiration.
  • Do not wear mended socks or socks with holes in them, and avoid socks or stockings with seams. Wear cotton, wool or a blend, but never 100 percent synthetic material. Do not hold up socks or stockings with a garter or elastic band.
  • Always check bath water with a thermometer, or at least your hand, before placing your foot in the water.
  • Do not warm cold feet with a hot water bottle, heating pad or next to a fire, and beware of the floor heater in a car.
  • Protect your feet from sunburn with sun block whenever you are in the sun.
  • Do not “ice down” your feet if they feel like they are burning.

Inspect Your Feet Daily

People with diabetes must inspect their feet every night. This is the only way to catch developing problems early, so serious problems can be prevented. A mirror might be helpful.

Inspect the following areas:

  • Between toes
  • Ball of the foot
  • Bottom of foot
  • Heel area

Look for these issues:

  • Cracks
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Discolorations
  • Fluid Drainage

Feel For:

  • Areas that seem warmer than the area next to it.
  • Areas that seem warmer than the same area on the other foot.

Report anything unusual to your doctor

Always be on the look out for signs of infection. Warnings signs include redness, swelling, drainage or pus. If you think you have an infection call your doctor immediately.

Your feet require professional evaluation approximately 6 times per year. If a situation or problem arises, don’t hesitate to visit the doctor more frequently. Call your doctor immediately about any changes you notice in your feet.

  • Report any injury to your foot, no matter how trivial you think it is.
  • Report any findings that suggest infection.
  • Report any abnormal findings or changes from your nightly foot inspection.

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