If you have diabetes, everything from minor fungal infections and dry skin to major traumas are more common. And even small cuts can become larger, festering, infected wounds without professional care.
- Your nerves stop working.
- Your blood stops pumping.
- Your feet get injured more frequently and develop chronic wound
- Your feet become structurally deformed
- You could lose your foot, or more
Dr. Wigley’s Game Plan to Prevent Diabetic Foot Complications
Give yourself a self-checkup every day.
Check your feet closely for cuts, bruises, bumps, swelling hot or cold spots, nail damage—anything that looks less than fully healthy. Problems that don’t improve should be referred to your doctor immediately.
Keep your sugar in check.
Elevated blood glucose is how diabetes does most of its damage. If you’re checking yourself regularly and controlling your glucose with appropriate diet and insulin, your feet will stay healthier for longer.
Keep your feet clean and moisturized.
Wash feet at least once per day with mild soap and lukewarm water. Once you’ve patted dry, apply a good lotion to dry areas, especially your heels, and “lock it in” by putting on a pair of clean socks.
Support your feet with appropriate footwear.
Never go barefoot, even inside your own home. Make sure your shoes are comfortable and closed toe. If you struggle with finding a pair of shoes that fit properly, stop by our office and we can recommend one, or fit you for an appropriate diabetic shoe and/or custom orthotic.
Engage in safe exercise.
Exercise is one of the most important ways to manage your sugar and keep circulation as strong as possible. However, if you’re already experiencing nerve damage or pain, certain exercises might be more dangerous. Be sure to go over your exercise routine with your doctor before beginning.
Limit your vices
Alcohol abuse and especially smoking significantly increase the risk of diabetic-related complications and injuries. Cut them out of your life.
Come to see me regularly.
I recommend our diabetic patients see us at least once per year for a comprehensive checkup. At this time, we’ll not only take care of any ongoing issues, but also test your nerves for the early warning signs of damage, and determine whether you could benefit from additional proactive, preventative treatments such as diabetic shoes.
Book your appointment today. We are here to listen to what your body has to say.