Fall brings changing leaves, cooler weather and the start of the holiday season. It also brings National Diabetes Awareness Month in November and a good time for a reminder about the importance of foot care to those who have this disease.
Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet — even a small cut could have serious consequences. To avoid serious foot problems, follow these prevention tips and schedule check-ups with our office on a regular basis.
For more guidelines and information on diabetes, go to www.footphysicians.com.
- Inspect your feet daily.
- Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, or nail problems. Call our office to schedule an appointment if you notice anything.
- Moisturize your feet.
- Use a moisturizer daily to keep dry skin from itching or cracking. But DON’T moisturize between the toes — this could encourage a fungal infection.
- Wear socks to bed.
- If your feet get cold at night, wear socks. Never use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
- Keep your feet warm and dry.
- Don’t get your feet wet in snow or rain. Wear warm socks and shoes in the winter.
- Shake out your shoes and boots.
- Remember, you may not feel something in your shoe — so always look inside before putting them on.