Don’t despair! Here are six changes, courtesy of the American Podiatric Medical Association, that you can make in your life RIGHT NOW that will make a significant step towards protecting your diabetic foot health. Read on!
* Inspect your feet every day, checking the entire foot and all 10 toes for cuts, bruises, sores or any sign of changes to the toenails, including thickening or a change in or loss of color. Treat wounds immediately and see your Houston podiatrist if any issue doesn’t resolve in a day or two.
* Walk whenever you can—it’s an easy way to get exercise, which can help maintain a healthy weight and improve your circulation. Always choose footwear that’s appropriate for the activity in which you are engaging.
* When you buy new shoes, have them properly measured and fitted every time, as your foot shape changes over time and the socks you wear can affect your fit. There are special shoes, socks and custom orthotics specifically designed for diabetics, many of which are even covered by Medicare!
* Always keep your feet covered, even when you’re walking around the house. Never go barefoot--the risk of cuts and infection is just too high.
* See a podiatrist to remove calluses, corns or warts – don’t try to treat them at home with over-the-counter products, because these can burn your skin and injure your foot. Only a podiatrist should treat skin problems for diabetic’s feet.
* Get foot checkups at least twice a year, since a comprehensive exam from your podiatrist is the only way to really protect your feet.
If you are living in Houston and need to schedule your comprehensive foot exam, contact Dr. Andrew Schneider’s office today!