What You Need to Know About Diabetic Foot Care
Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels rise higher than normal. Due to this, the condition can cause serious foot problems—even minor foot problems can become worse and cause serious complications for people with diabetes. To avoid these problems, Dr. Eric Peters' Podiatry Practice, located in White Plains, NY, provides exceptional diabetic foot care to their patients. Here are five foot-care tips all diabetics should know about their feet, and if you are having any podiatric issues, call Dr. Peters today.
1. Examine your feet every day
Though they may feel no discomfort in their feet, diabetics can still be experiencing serious foot issues. Stay a step ahead of diabetes-related foot complications by examining your feet on a daily basis. Search for problems such as blisters, corns, sores, ingrown toenails, calluses, and cuts.
2. Wash your feet every day.
Keep your feet clean by washing them daily with warm water and a gentle soap. Always check bath water with your hands to make sure it's not too hot. Wash your feet using a sponge or soft washcloth. Remember to thoroughly dry your feet, especially between the toes, by patting the skin dry—not by rubbing.
3. Keep your skin soft.
Use a moisturizer daily to keep your skin smooth and soft and prevent cracking. Cracking occurs when skin becomes extremely dry, so to combat this dryness, coat both the tops and bottoms of your feet with a small amount of petroleum jelly, foot cream, or lotion. However, don't moisturize between the toes—that could encourage fungus to grow.
4. Wear socks and shoes.
Wear socks and shoes at all times, and don't walk around barefoot indoors or outdoors. Furthermore, don't wear shoes that leave your toes or heels unprotected, such as sandals, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes. Check inside your shoes before wearing them so as to make sure there are no objects inside before you put them on. Finally, choose clean, comfortable socks that fit well.
5. See a podiatrist.
Dr. Peters specializes in foot and ankle care, including the treatment of diabetes-related foot problems. See your podiatrist regularly, even if you don't think that you have any problems with your feet. Your doctor will play a key role in helping you manage diabetes successfully and avoid foot complications.
Call Dr. Eric Peters at 914-285-4444 today to schedule a consultation in White Plains, NY. You will experience exemplary service and world-class diabetic foot care in our office!