Health Tip: Diabetics' Feet Need Special Care
Check your feet each day for injuries
(HealthDay News) -- If you're diabetic, you're more prone to foot problems, including infection and reduced blood flow. To minimize your risk, here are suggestions from the American Diabetes Association:
- Check your feet every day for cuts, blisters or swelling.
- Have your feet examined by a doctor at least once a year, more frequently if you have had past problems.
- Call your doctor if you notice any changes in your feet, such as color, cuts, ingrown toenails, loss of feeling or pain.
- Wash your feet every day, and dry them well -- especially between toes. Also apply a light lotion over the tops and bottoms of your feet.
- Keep your toenails well trimmed.
- Don't walk around barefoot -- always wear comfortable, properly-fitting shoes and socks.
- Keep feet well protected from the cold, and be careful not to burn them in hot bath water.
- Help circulation in your feet by not crossing your legs for long periods. Wiggle your toes and flex your ankles throughout the day.
Maintaining tight control of your blood sugar and regular examinations from your doctor will help keep foot problems at bay. If you continue to have trouble with your feet, see a podiatrist.