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Diabetic Foot Care

How does diabetes affect my feet ?

Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet – even a small cut could have serious consequences. Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes may also reduce the blood flow to the feet, making it harder to heal an injury or resist an infection. Because of these problems, you might not notice a pebble in your shoe - so you could develop a blister, then a sore, then a stubborn infection that might cause amputation of your toe, foot, or leg.

What should I do ?

  • Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems. Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. Call your doctor if you notice anything.
  • Wash your feet in lukewarm (not hot!) water. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily. But only use lukewarm water—the temperature you’d use on a newborn baby.
  • Be gentle when bathing your feet. Wash them using a soft washcloth or sponge. Dry by blotting or patting—and make sure to carefully dry between the toes.
  • Moisturize your feet—but not between your toes. Use a moisturizer daily to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. Don’t moisturize between the toes as this could encourage a fungal
  • Cut nails carefully—and straight across. Also, file the edges. Don’t cut them too short, since this could lead to ingrown toe nails.
  • Never trim corns or calluses. No “bathroom surgery”—let your doctor do the job.
  • Wear clean, dry socks. Change them daily.
  • Avoid the wrong type of socks. Avoid tight elastic bands (they reduce circulation). Don’t wear thick or bulky socks (they can fit poorly and irritate the skin).
  • Wear socks to bed. If your feet get cold at night, wear socks. NEVER use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
  • Shake out your shoes and inspect the inside before wearing. Remember, you may not feel a pebble—so always shake out your shoes before putting them on.
  • Keep your feet warm and dry. Don’t get your feet wet in snow or rain.Wear warm socks andshoes in winter.
  • Never walk barefoot. Not even at home! You could step on something and get a scratch or cut.
  • Take care of your diabetes. Keep your blood sugar levels under control.
  • Don’t smoke. Smoking restricts blood flow in your feet.
  • Get periodic foot exams. See your podiatric foot and ankle surgeon on a regular basis for an examination to help prevent the foot complications of diabetes.

The doctors at Mount Kisco Foot Specialists, PLLC will perform a comprehensive diabetic foot exam. If indicated, they will perform advanced testing for peripheral arterial disease utilizing our PADnet+ machine. They will also inform you if you are entitled to Therapeutic Diabetic Shoes and Custom Inserts through your insurance plan.

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