Diabetes touches millions of people every year and can injure blood vessels in many parts of the body, particularly the feet. So, taking care of your feet with the help of a podiatrist is crucial. Because proper foot care is vital for diabetic patients, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, shares what you need to know.
For people who have diabetes, the feet can become infected quite easily. A good foot care routine starts with daily cleansing and drying of the feet, followed by inspecting the bottom of the feet. Some patients find it helpful to use a mirror to examine the soles of their feet.
It’s also important to trim your toenails – straight across - at least once a week. Dry skin can be avoided by applying a good moisturizer everywhere on the feet except between the toes.
Many patients with diabetes experience poor circulation and neuropathy (nerve damage). This results from high blood sugar that causes the feet to become numb or tingle.
Proper diabetic foot care is also important in preventing foot conditions such as ulcers; this can include:
- Regularly examining your feet for sores or bruises.
- Wearing socks that fit comfortably.
- Wearing comfortable footwear that provides adequate support.
- Monitoring blood sugar levels regularly.
Inform your podiatrist of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially if you’re diabetic. Early treatment and regular foot checkups are essential to maintaining proper foot health. Serious complications can arise if proper treatment is not received.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.