Foot Care Tips for Those With Diabetes

Those with diabetes know that in addition to the other things to constantly be aware of, foot problems have made their way into the picture and never seem to go away. Not only can diabetes mean lack of blood flow to your feet, it can also mean nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy, which can cause numbness in feet.

Because of reduced blood flow to feet, your foot doctor will likely recommend you pay extra attention to any blisters or sores you get while hiking those Utah Mountains or going out for a jog. Lack of blood flow can cause sores and blisters to have difficulty healing.

One way to help avoid foot issues as a result of diabetes is to check your feet daily. A good foot doctor will inform his or her diabetic patients to thoroughly inspect both feet each day. Due to numbness, you may not know you acquired a blister unless you check, which means your blister could get even worse if left untreated. Make sure to check between each toe as well.

Another trick is to wash your feet with warm water, not hot. Again due to numbness, you may not be able to feel how hot the water is with your feet, so check with your hands beforehand. Avoid soaking for too long as well, as this can cause sores to take even longer to heal. Also make sure to dry feet immediately and get between all toes.

Your foot doctor will also tell you to make sure your shoes fit well. Too tight of shoes, whether used only for hiking those Utah Mountains, or just everyday shoes can cause blisters and sores on your feet. Any bit of irritation, no matter how slight, should be addressed immediately and adjustments should be made.

It’s extremely important to inform your foot doctor of any changes in the sensation of your feet, toes, or legs. If you are experiencing nerve damage, your doctor should be informed right away so as to provide you with the best medical care possible. Additionally, any pains, tingling feelings, numbness or other unusual feelings should be addressed as quickly as possible.

Foot problems as a result of diabetes can be serious. You and your foot doctor should address any sores or blisters that aren’t healing, or any numbness or unusal pain right away. In order to keep enjoying all that Utah’s nature and all that life has to offer, it’s best to take extra care of your feet.

Rachel Wood is a health writer. Information provided by Wasatch Foot and Ankle. Rachel writes for Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. Find her on Google+.

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