Seat belts, sunscreen, door locks – these are all used to protect yourself from harm, but what about your feet? Keeping diabetic feet safe is vital to avoiding problems that could start small and get big quickly! Don’t let that happen to you, especially when summer is finally about to begin!
Don’t go barefoot — not even on the beach or in your home! Baring your feet puts you at risk of stepping on something sharp and sustaining an injury or contracting a virus or fungus. With a slowed healing process from diabetes, a dangerous infection can set in just like that! Strap on your sandals or slippers to be safe!
Make sure shoes fit. Yes, you should always wear shoes, however, don’t wear any pair that doesn’t fit properly! Tight shoes can rub and cause blisters, or place pressure on toes and make nails become ingrown. These might seem like small issues, but if left untreated they won’t be small for long!
Keep feet clean, dry, and smooth. Warm soapy water should be used daily to keep feet clean. Pat them dry thoroughly, especially between toes where fungus likes to hide. Apply lotion or cream so skin stays moist and doesn’t crack.
Check your feet daily. Look for any signs of redness, abrasions (no matter how small), discolored or ingrown toenails – anything out of the ordinary. Keeping a close eye daily will allow you to spot problems early and get them promptly treated.
If you follow these guidelines, you should have a safe, healthy, and happy summer! So, keep those diabetic feet protected, and let us know immediately if you need any help. You can reach our Princeton office at (609) 924-8333, or our Roselle Park location at (908) 687-5757.
Let the (safe) summer fun begin!