Do’s and Don’ts for Preventing Diabetic Ulcers

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November is American Diabetes Month and at FL Foot Health we want to take this opportunity to share information about this disease and how it affects your feet. There are two conditions associated with diabetes that pose a threat to your feet. Patients with this disease often have neuropathy or nerve damage that can prevent them from detecting injuries or conditions that can lead to open sores and ulcers on the feet. Decreased circulation then makes it difficult to heal wounds on the feet, greatly increasing the chances of infection and even amputation. The good news is that there are many ways to help prevent ulcers from forming. Below are some do’s and don’ts you should observe if you have diabetes:

Do: inspect your feet on all sides every day. Look for changes in skin color, swelling, bruising, cuts, redness or swelling. Report anything suspicious looking to your podiatrist immediately. Don’t have a podiatrist? We can help you find one in your area through our online directory.

Don’t: go barefoot. Even in your own home, walking without shoes increase the risk of puncture wounds and cuts on your feet.

Do: check the insides of your shoes for loose stitching or rough patches that could cause irritation and blisters.

Do: wash your feet daily and dry them completely, paying particular attention to the skin between the toes.

Do: cut your toenails straight across with no curved or rounded edges to minimize the risk of ingrown toenails.

Don’t: attempt any “bathroom surgeries.” Attempts to remove warts or corns or other minor foot issues on your own could result in injury and infection.

Do: keep your feet dry. Use a foot powder in the morning and if you sweat excessively change your socks as soon as you notice that they are damp.

Do: choose shoes made of a soft, flexible material that has a roomy toe box and fit properly.

To learn more about diabetic foot care and other foot health care topics, contact us.