Patients with diabetes have to be particularly careful about their feet. Decreased circulation makes ulcers and open wounds difficult to heal and what would be considered a minor injury in a non-diabetic patient can quickly become a major medical threat. Neuropathy, which is frequently associated with diabetes, can result in decreased sensation, making detecting injuries more difficult. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we offer these tips for protecting your feet from ulcers:
- Make good shoe choices—shoes should be roomy with no tight spots or pressure on any part of the foot; inspect the inside of shoes for rough stitching that could rub against skin and cause blisters to form.
- Trim nails with care—toenails should be cut straight across and not too short to avoid ingrown nails that will cut into the skin.
- Moisturize feet daily—dry skin can quickly become cracked and an entry point for bacteria that can cause infection; do not apply lotion between toes, however, as moisture in that area can lead to fungal infection.
- Don’t go barefoot—even at home; this greatly increases the chance of stepping on an object that could cut the foot.
- Get regular podiatric exams—our podiatrist, Paul S. DeMarco is trained in diabetic foot care and may spot problems before you do. The foot doctor can help you develop a care regime that will keep your feet healthy and enable you to live an active life.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your feet if you have diabetes is to inspect them daily and report any injuries, blisters, or changes in shape, skin color or temperature to your podiatrist. If you have other questions about diabetic foot care, contact our Somers Point office for an appointment by calling (609) 927-4894.