Getting a diabetes diagnosis changes much in your life. Suddenly, you need to be more focused on your health. That includes your blood sugar levels, but don’t stop there. If you have diabetes, you must also proactively care for your feet.
The high blood sugar levels in your body put your feet at risk for many issues, from neuropathy (nerve damage) to ulcers (open sores). And if you’re not careful, these foot problems can escalate.
The good news? You don’t have to navigate diabetic foot care on your own. Our team at Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute specializes in helping people with diabetes protect their feet — and addressing issues if they arise. If you want to get a podiatric partner on your side, visit either of our offices in American Fork or Saratoga Springs, Utah.
In this blog, we have a few suggestions to guide your at-home foot care.
Diabetes can damage your nerves, particularly in your feet and legs. As a result of diabetic neuropathy, many people lose sensation in their feet.
That spells trouble because it means your body’s alert system breaks down. Usually, you would feel a blister as it develops. But neuropathy could mean you overlook the issue immediately. That’s why it’s common for people with diabetes to develop ulcers on their feet. It’s also why those ulcers are more likely to become infected and lead to significant issues.
To prevent this problem, check your feet daily. You might do it first thing in the morning or when you take a shower. That way, you get clued into issues when they first appear — and when they’re easiest to treat.
Because you’re less likely to feel blisters, cramped toes, and other shoe-related problems, you need to be extra choosy with your footwear. Pick shoes that leave plenty of room in the toe box. Wear socks whenever possible to add an extra layer of protection, too.
You might also benefit from orthotics — specialized inserts added to your shoes to provide more support and cushioning where you need it. We offer orthotics tailored to your foot at both of our offices.
To minimize your risk of infection, wash your feet daily and keep them clean and dry. If you have sweaty feet, get into the habit of bringing an extra pair of socks and changing them out midday.
Also, keep your toenails trimmed short and straight across. That reduces your risk for ingrown toenails, which could lead to a foot infection.
Visit our team at least once a year. This way, we can assess your feet and determine if you need any additional care to keep them healthy. That could be as simple as adding orthotics to your shoes or as involved as a lab test to check any open sores for infection. At our offices, we tailor your appointment to your feet.
To schedule your diabetic foot care visit to either of our offices, contact our team at the Rogers Foot & Ankle Institute by calling (801) 756-4200.