Diabetic foot ulcerations are the most common injury leading to amputation. It is estimated that 25% of all diabetics will develop an ulceration of the foot at some time in their life. The damage to the feet due to diabetes occurs over time. Diabetes can damage the nerves to your feet causing numbness. It can cause poor circulation to the feet. Diabetes can also change the texture of your skin and shape of your foot. The most important preventive measure is to have a comprehensive foot exam.
What you can do at home:
- Check your feet when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed. You are looking for anything that doesn’t look normal. If you cannot see the bottom of your feet use a mirror or have someone else look for you.
- Wash your feet daily. We do not recommend soaking your feet. Nerve damage may impair your ability to determine dangerous temperatures. To help support nerve function we recommend NeuRx-TF tablets.
- Dry your feet well especially between your toes. If the area is too moist fungus and bacteria may grow. To manage excessive mositure between toes re recommned MacerRx.
- Moisturize your feet daily. The skin of diabetics is often dry due to nerve damage. Do not put lotion between your toes. For dry skin due to diabetes we recommned Hydro-Cutis or Kera-42 Cream.
- Nail care. If you have normal nails and have no circulation problems cut them straight across. The gSource 5" nail nipper is designed to cut healthy and diseased nails properly. Do not go for pedicures. If you cannot see or easily reach your feet, or have disease nails see your Podiatrist regularly. To soften diseased nails try KERA Nail Gel.
- Corns and callus should never be cut with a razor or removed by chemical pads. This could result in serious complications. Corns and calluses are due to increased friction and you may benefit from extra depth shoes. Diabetic insoles by Scott, and accommodative padding made out of silicone or foam by Footsupplystore.com.
- Avoid walking barefoot to prevent injury.
- Proper shoe gear is essential to good foot health. Fit is very important in the diabetic patient. If you have bunions and hammertoes or have circulation or nerve damage a properly fitting shoe is essential to prevent irritation and ulceration. Footsupplystore.com offers a large selection of widths and sizes and styles specifically designed to address foot ailments.