If you’re managing type 2 diabetes, foot care is a large part of monitoring and preventing further complications. So, why is diabetic foot care needed?
At the Cardio Metabolic Institute of New Jersey, we have a comprehensive health and wellness facility that addresses foot care with the our podiatrist, in addition to our nutrition program that can guide those who are dealing with type 2 diabetes into healthy eating habits and better preventative diabetic care. Join us in today’s post all about diabetic foot care.
Why is diabetic foot care important?
Because diabetes can cause nerve issues, even a small nick or cut can be dangerous for someone managing diabetes because the nerve damage may cause the inability to feel what’s happened. Combined with a decreased circulation, cuts and scrapes may take more time to heal or resist infection. If the trauma doesn’t have a chance to properly heal, this can lead to a nonhealing wound and subject the person to foot amputation.
Diabetic foot care is crucial to the health of the individual with type 2 diabetes, to maintain healthy feet, free from blisters, sores, and other foot traumas.
Where do I start with diabetic foot care?
The best place to begin is establishing a daily practice of inspecting you feet — this is checking for blisters, swelling, redness, cuts, or any nail problems. You can also consider the following for diabetic foot care including:
- Keeping your feet clean
- Change into clean socks daily, and change them more often if needed
- Keep your feet moisturized
- Cut your toenails with care
- Always seek professional help with calluses and corns
- Inspect your shoes for debris before wearing them
- Never walk around barefoot
- Get regular podiatry exams
Diabetic foot care is essential to not only the health of your feet but your entire body. Take care and do preventative foot care regularly.