As a podiatrist in Houston, I see many diabetic patients who need help keeping their feet healthy and pain free. One of the major complications associated with diabetes is nervous system impairment or neuropathy, which can cause you to lose feeling in your feet. When you lose sensation, it may take you longer to realize that you’ve sustained a foot injury, which means that even a small cut can turn into a major infection.
Since even minor injuries can quickly become huge problems for diabetic patients, I like to offer important tips for diabetic foot care. Some are pretty intuitive: as a diabetic, you should inspect your feet every day to see if you have any blisters, scratches, cuts or nail problems.
You should also:
- Trim your toe nails straight across. When you cut into your nails at the corners it can lead to ingrown toe nails. This condition can cause dangerous infections in diabetic patients.
- When you go to bed at night, wear loose fitting socks that can keep your feet warm and prevent any foot injuries if you wake up in the middle of the night.
- Quit smoking! Smokers have a decreased blood supply in the feet, making it much more difficult for wounds or infection to heal.
If you have diabetes, proper foot care can mean the difference between living a healthy life and losing your feet to infection. Basic tips like the ones I just shared can help you stay out of trouble, but if you are living with diabetes and experiencing any foot pain, I highly recommend making an appointment to see Dr. Andrew Schneider at Tanglewood Foot Specialists. Together, we can come up with a personal diabetic foot care plan that works for your lifestyle.