The most important way to help your feet if you have Diabete is to keep your Diabetes under control.
Watch your diet,
take prescribed medications, exercise and keep your blood sugar in a range your Primary Care Physician finds acceptable for
Daily foot care is extremely important for people with diabetes who are at risk for nerve damage and poor blood flow to the
Diabetes accounts for half of the 67,000 foot amputations performed in the US every year. Preventive foot
care could reduce this risk by up to 85%.
Patients should make a daily inspection and watch for changes in color
or texture, odor, and firm or hardened areas, which may indicate infection and potential ulcers. When washing the feet, the
water should be warm (not hot), and the feet and areas between the toes should be thoroughly dried afterward.
should be applied, but not between the toes. Corns and calluses should be gently pumiced and toenails trimmed short and the
edges filed to avoid cutting adjacent toes.
Patients should not use medicated pads or try to shave the corns or
calluses themselves. People with diabetes should avoid high heels, sandals, thongs, and going barefoot. Shoes should be changed
often (three times a day if possible). Tight stockings or any clothing that constricts the legs and feet should not be worn.
A new hand-held device that uses a nylon fiber brush may enable the physician to identify nerve damage that can lead to ulcers
by pressing it against several points on the foot and eliciting the patient's response to the pressure.
with diabetes should check with a specialist in foot care for any problems. Hospitalization and intravenous antibiotics for
up to 28 days may be needed for severe foot ulcers in diabetic patients. A number of treatments are now available that stimulate
new cell growth and help heal skin ulcers or use cultures of human skin cells.