Diabetic Foot Care: What you can do to prevent further complications
Neuropathy is a common complication for those with diabetes. It is caused by damage to the nerves of the body due to high blood sugar levels. Since the nerves that go to the foot are some of the longest in the body, these are particularly affected by this condition. Signs of diabetic neuropathy include pain, tingling, or numbness to the foot. Due to lack of sensation in the foot, injuries can easily go unnoticed and lead to severe complications.
Check your feet at least once a day for any injuries. Check the entire foot, even between the toes. If you have trouble doing this by yourself, try using a mirror or ask a family member for help. Make sure to see your podiatrist if you notice any sores on the bottom of your feet.
Make sure to wash and then thoroughly dry your feet daily. Drying your feet is important to prevent the growth of the fungus that can cause athlete’s foot. Use lotion on your feet if they are especially dry, but skip the area between the toes to prevent foot fungus. Always wear socks with shoes, and change them during the day if you find your feet can get very sweaty. Your podiatrist may want to see you at regular intervals throughout the year to make sure your feet are healthy; if so, make sure you keep these important appointments.