One of the most serious diabetic complications, foot ulcers are difficult-to-heal wounds that can lead to loss of extremities, your foot or even your life. Fortunately, it’s fairly simple to prevent these ulcers from forming. Here are 3 sure fire ways to keep this life threatening condition at bay:
1. Choose the right footwear
Diabetics must avoid tight shoes—pressure on the feet is a common cause of complications. Always wear comfortable shoes that have good cushioning and enough space for your toes—but be ware of shoes that are too loose, as they may rub and cause blisters.
Good socks are equally important, as poorly made socks can also rub against your feet and cause cuts or blisters. Diabetic socks are best—they have very few seams and come with cushioning to protect feet from irritation. These socks also have loose-fitting tops to help promote circulation in the legs and feet.
2. Keep feet clean
Carefully wash your feet daily with mild soap and water and dry them with a towel. Before they dry completely, apply a moisturizer to help prevent dryness—this can lead to cracking which, in turn, can allow ulcer-causing bacteria to get in and under your skin.
3. Check your feet daily
Some diabetics experience neuropathy, impairing sensation in the feet and legs. People with diabetic neuropathy may not notice injuries to their feet immediately. Unfortunately, neglecting even small wounds on the feet can lead to more serious infections. If you can’t see every part of your foot, get help from a mirror or a friend or loved one. You should also schedule regular visits with your podiatrist to make sure your foot health stays on track.
There are no guarantees in life, but following the basic principles of diabetic foot care will go a long way towards preventing ulcers. If you have questions or concerns about your feet, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today.