It's important to pay a little extra attention to your feet if you have diabetes. Damage to your nerves can make it difficult to feel sore spots, which can become infected if they're not treated promptly. Dr. Gerald W. Paul, your McLean County Foot and Ankle physician, share a few diabetic care tips for your feet.
Examine your feet daily
If your nerves are impaired, you won't feel any pain if you have a sore, cut, bruise, scratch or blister on your feet. Daily foot inspections will help you ensure that you spot and treat problems when they're small. It's far easier to prevent a minor problem from becoming a major one than to deal with an infection.
Choose shoes that fit well
Poorly fitting shoes cause blisters, calluses, corns, calluses and red, sore spots on your feet. If you notice any of these foot conditions during your daily foot examination, it's time to go shoe shopping. Look for shoes that offer plenty of room in the toe box. Get your feet measured when you buy shoes to ensure that you're really wearing the correct size.
Don't walk barefoot
Pebbles, roots and rough surfaces can cause cuts or small breaks in your skin. Avoid these injuries by always wearing shoes indoors and out.
Avoid temperature extremes
Walking on hot surfaces can cause burns that you won't feel due to nerve damage. Wear beach shoes to protect your feet from hot sand, and make sure your bath water isn't too hot before you step into the tub. Avoid using heating pads or hot water bottles on your feet. Prevent frostbite by wearing shoes or boots during the winter, even if you only expect to be outside for a few seconds.
Call your foot doctor at the first sign of trouble
Let your McLean County Foot and Ankle physician know immediately if you notice pain, swelling, red streaks, pus or any changes in temperature or skin color. Don't attempt to remove warts, corns or calluses yourself, and let your foot doctor treat that ingrown toenail or toenail fungus rather than relying on over-the-counter products.
Do you have diabetes? Make diabetic care a priority by visiting your McLean County Foot and Ankle physician, Paul in Bloomington, IL. Call us at (309) 662-9001 to schedule an appointment today. Safeguard your health with regular visits to your foot doctor!