Foot care is particularly important for people with diabetes. Over time, diabetes can damage the nerves in your feet, so you may not feel, for example, a pebble inside your sock or a blister on your foot. Reduced blood flow to the feet also makes it harder for injuries or infections to heal.
It is important to spot and address foot problems early, such as:
To avoid serious foot problems, you should develop good foot care habits. Every day you should:
In addition to daily foot care, there are many other things you can do to keep your feet healthy:
When you have diabetes, it is essential that you choose the right types of shoes. Choose shoes that have closed toes and heels, and soft insides. Shoes should always support your feet and allow them to breathe. Avoid shoes with pointed toes or high heels when possible. Inspect your shoes every day for tears or bumps that might cause irritation.
Diabetic foot problems can worsen very quickly, so it’s important to let your doctor know if you have any of these symptoms or issues. Your Mercy diabetes specialist will give you information on foot care and answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to keep up on the move and living life to its fullest.