Taking care of your feet is an essential part of everyday life. If you live with diabetes it needs to become an even more prominent part of your routine. Inspect your feet daily and seek assistance should you get a foot injury.
Prevention is the key to helping prevent any serious foot problem and can normally be done with a few small steps.
- Annually your health care provider should perform a complete foot exam. If you have any problems, it should be more often.
- While doing your yearly remember to remove socks and shoes. This will be a reminder for a foot check.
- Healthcare providers can trim your corns, calluses, and toe nails if you cannot do so safely.
Daily Care for your feet
- Be active. Discuss your physical activity with your health team.
- Ask your doctor about special shoes.
- Wash your feet every day, dry carefully between toes.
- Set a time everyday to check your feet for any red spots, cuts, swelling, and blisters.
- Keep your skin soft. Use lotion in moderation, over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between toes.
- Wear shoes and socks at all times. Wear comfortable shoes that fit and protect your feet.
- Protect your feet from hot and cold. Wear shoes on hot pavement and cold floors.
- Keep blood flowing to your feet. Put your feet up when sitting down. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 4-5 minutes, 2-3 times a day.
- No smoking.
- Begin taking care of your feet today!
Seeking Help with Diabetic Foot Health
If you are experiencing any form of foot issues, you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Our professional podiatrists specialize in the treatment of Diabetic Foot Health. We will assess your situation and discuss your treatment options with you to promptly set you on the path to recovery.
Keeping You A Step Ahead
To learn more about Diabetes & your foot health, please contact Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia by dialing 404-351-5015 or Contact Us. You will then be able to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.