How to Care for Feet when you have Diabetes


Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people around the world. One of the common complications of diabetes is peripheral neuropathy, a condition that causes nerve damage in the feet and legs. Diabetic foot complications can be serious and, in severe cases, can even lead to amputation. However, proper care of diabetic feet can prevent complications and keep feet healthy. In this article, we will discuss how to care for diabetic feet.

      1. Inspect Feet Daily

People with diabetes should inspect their feet every day. Look for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling, and other abnormalities. If you have difficulty seeing your feet, use a mirror or ask someone to help you. Checking your feet daily can help you detect foot problems early and prevent complications.

      2. Wash Feet Regularly

Wash your feet daily with warm water and mild soap. Dry them carefully, especially between the toes. Moisture can cause infections and other foot problems. Avoid soaking your feet as this can lead to dry skin, which can cause cracks and lead to infections.

      3. Moisturize Feet

Use a moisturizer on your feet every day to prevent dry skin. However, avoid applying moisturizer between your toes as this can create excess moisture, leading to fungal infections.

      4. Trim Nails Properly

Trim your toenails straight across and avoid rounding the corners. Use a nail clipper and file to smooth any rough edges. Cutting your toenails too short or cutting them in the wrong way can cause ingrown toenails, which can lead to infections.

      5. Wear Proper Footwear

Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes and socks. Avoid tight-fitting shoes and socks that can cause blisters and sores. Wear shoes that provide good support and cushioning. Look for shoes made of breathable materials to prevent excessive moisture. Avoid going barefoot, even at home, as this can increase the risk of cuts and injuries. There are plenty of attractive diabetic shoes for women nowadays too, meaning you don’t have to suffer in terms of style.

      6. Check Shoe Interior

Check the inside of your shoes for any rough spots, seams, or objects that can cause blisters or sores. Make sure the lining and insoles of your shoes are smooth and free of any objects that can cause irritation.

      7. Avoid Smoking

Smoking reduces blood flow to the feet, which can lead to foot problems. If you smoke, quit as soon as possible.

      8. Control Blood Sugar

High blood sugar can cause nerve damage and increase the risk of foot problems. Keep your blood sugar under control through proper diet, exercise, and medication.

      9. Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise can improve blood flow to the feet and reduce the risk of foot problems. However, avoid activities that can cause foot injuries, such as high-impact activities like running.

      10. Visit a Podiatrist

Regular visits to a podiatrist can help you prevent foot problems and detect problems early. A podiatrist can also help you with proper foot care and footwear.

      11. Manage Other Health Conditions

People with diabetes are at increased risk of other health conditions, such as heart disease and kidney disease. Proper management of these conditions can reduce the risk of foot problems.

      12. Seek Medical Attention for Foot Problems

If you notice any foot problems, such as cuts, blisters, or sores, seek medical attention right away. Even small foot problems can become serious if not treated promptly.

In conclusion, proper care of diabetic feet is essential to prevent complications and keep feet healthy. People with diabetes should inspect their feet daily, wash their feet regularly, moisturize their feet, trim their nails properly, wear proper footwear, check the inside of their shoes, avoid smoking, control blood sugar, exercise regularly, visit a podiatrist, manage other health conditions, and seek medical attention for foot problems. With proper care, people with diabetes can

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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