If you or someone you love has diabetes, you know that ulcers and wounds on the feet can pose a serious health risk and even possibly lead to amputation. The combination of reduced immunity and impaired circulation make even minor wounds difficult to heal and more apt to become infected. At Texas Foot Specialists we want to arm our patients with the knowledge that can help prevent ulcers.
Below are some tips to help:
- Always wear shoes. Even if you are in the house, keeping your feet covered will protect them from stepping on a sharp object or stubbing a toe.
- Be sure that shoes fit properly. Rough stitching that rubs against the skin or shoes that are too big or too small can result in a blister which can rapidly become a sore.
- Keep feet dry. Wear socks that are thick and absorbent and wick sweat away from your feet. Change socks whenever you notice they are damp. Feet that spend long periods of time in damp, dark places (i.e., inside your socks and shoes) are more likely to develop athlete’s foot whose open blisters can become infected. A foot powder may also be recommended.
- Prevent cracks. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if the skin on your feet tends to be dry, be sure to moisturize them daily to keep skin supple and hydrated.
- Inspect feet daily. Look for changes in color or temperature of the skin and check calluses for changes, such as dark spots or discoloration. These are some of the early warning signs patients may notice before an ulcer occurs. If you are unable to see all parts of your feet, ask someone to inspect them for you.
Remember, our podiatrists, Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Gregory Mangum are your partners in managing your diabetes. If you notice anything unusual with your feet or toes or have questions regarding a foot condition don’t hesitate to contact our Sugar Land, Pasadena or Houston office.