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How to Practice Good Diabetic Foot Care

When it comes to diabetes management, diabetes foot care often takes center stage. The feet, vulnerable due to reduced blood flow and nerve damage, require meticulous attention. A daily foot inspection is paramount, searching for any redness, cuts, blisters, or calluses that may go unnoticed. Gentle cleansing with lukewarm water and mild soap followed by thorough drying can prevent infection. Hydration is key, and moisturizing should be focused on the tops and bottoms of the feet, avoiding the areas between the toes. Trim nails straight across and file gently to prevent ingrown nails. Opt for comfortable, well-fitting shoes to prevent friction and irritation, and consider wearing moisture-wicking socks. Regular exercise improves circulation, ultimately benefiting foot health. If you notice any concerning changes, consulting a chiropodist is vital. Prioritizing these steps in diabetic foot care can aid in maintaining optimal foot health and preventing potential complications. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of this type of health care professional who can help you to manage this condition.

Diabetes can cause serious problems in the lower limbs if proper preventive measures are not taken and diabetic wound care is not performed. If you would like to learn more about caring for diabetic feet, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Diabetes can lead to a host of foot and ankle complications, including: 

  • Poor circulation

  • Peripheral neuropathy

  • Diabetic foot wounds and ulcers

  • Infection 

  • Corns and calluses

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Nail disorders 

  • Hammertoes 

  • Bunions

  • Charcot foot

If you have diabetes, you must be vigilant of any changes in your foot health. This is best done through daily foot inspections. Using a mirror to help you if necessary, look for any: 

  • Cuts, scrapes, sores, or wounds

  • Bruising or discoloration 

  • Swelling

  • Rash

  • Foul odor

  • Nail changes 

  • Hair loss 

  • Warmth and inflammation

  • Deformities 

  • Lower limb pain

  • Strange sensations (numbness, tingling, burning, pins, and needles)

If you detect anything unusual, seek the care of a chiropodist as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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