Summer seems like a natural time to shed your shoes and spread your toes. If you are diabetic, however, that may be one of the worst things you can do for your feet. Here are a few suggestions for caring for your tootsies and preventing any serious problems this summer.
Top 10 Ways to Take Care of Your Feet
- Wash your feet every day.
- Wash them gently with soap and a wash cloth. And remember, shower run off is not washing!
- Check your feet every day.
- Check the top, bottom, sides, and between the toes of each foot. Use a mirror if necessary to see the bottoms of your feet. If you have any red spots, wounds, bruises, rashes or injuries call the doctor.
- Get an annual foot exam.
- Identify any conditions that could cause a foot ulcer. See a podiatrist more often if you have bunions or hammertoes or diabetes related nerve damage.
- Control your blood sugars.
- High blood glucose can cause neuropathy, but good blood sugar control can reduce the risk and progression by about 50%.
- Shoe shop for comfort ONLY!
- Shop at the end of the day when feet are slightly swollen. If you tend to have sweaty feet, buy two pairs and alternate them. Be sure to let shoes dry thoroughly before you wear them again.
- Try prescription footwear.
- If you have foot deformities, foot ulcers, nerve damage, or a lack of sensation in your feet, your podiatrist can prescribe custom footwear. Insurance carriers may even cover the cost.
- Check your shoes before wearing them.
- If you have neuropathy you may not feel a problem Make sure the lining is smooth and there are no objects inside. Make sure there are no loose pieces of fabric or leather inside the shoe that could rub against your foot.
- Wear clean proper socks every day.
- Avoid socks with big seams. Some people with diabetes prefer seamless socks, but socks with flat, unobtrusive and soft seams can also be fine.
- Keep the blood flowing.
- Put your feet up when sitting. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down several times a day. Don’t cross your legs for long periods of time.
- NEVER GO BAREFOOT!
- Not at the beach, pool, or in water. Wear sandals or swimming shoes!
You can still enjoy the lazy days of summer. Just be sure to take good care of your feet!
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