Diabetic Foot Care

Why is foot care important
for diabetics?

Foot care is crucial for diabetics because high blood sugar levels can lead to reduced blood flow and nerve damage in the feet, making it hard to feel sores or infections. This can result in complications that may lead to severe infections or, in extreme cases, amputation.

What are common foot problems in diabetics?

  • Neuropathy (nerve damage) causing numbness or pain
  • Changes in skin color, swelling, and temperature
  • Slow-healing sores or ulcers
  • Infections
  • Calluses, corns, and cracked skin
  • Foot deformities

Diabetic Foot care FAQ

  • Regularly inspect your feet for cuts, blisters, red spots, and swelling.
  • Wash your feet daily in lukewarm water and dry them gently, especially between the toes.
  • Moisturize your feet to prevent dry skin but avoid applying lotion between the toes.
  • Trim toenails straight across and file the edges to avoid cutting the surrounding skin.
  • Wear well-fitting, comfortable shoes and clean socks every day.
  • Avoid walking barefoot to prevent injuries.
  • Control your blood sugar levels to improve circulation and reduce the risk of neuropathy.

Consult a healthcare provider or a podiatrist immediately, even for minor issues like cuts, blisters, or ingrown toenails, as they can lead to serious complications for diabetics.

Diabetics should have a comprehensive foot exam at least once a year or more frequently if recommended by their healthcare provider, especially if they have existing foot problems or increased risk factors.

Diabetics should choose shoes that fit well, offer good support, and provide ample room for the toes. Avoid shoes with pointed toes or high heels. Special diabetic shoes and custom orthotics are available for those with significant foot deformities or risks.

Yes, maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking, and controlling blood sugar levels can significantly reduce the risk of foot complications by improving circulation and nerve function.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.