Diabetes

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you know the disease involves more than merely maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Diabetes affects your entire body – especially your feet. You are more likely to develop infections than other people, and those can lead to serious foot problems.

Diabetes can cause:

  • Numbness
  • Neuropathy (which can be quite) painful
  • Poor circulation.
  • Changes to the skin of your feet

How to care for your feet if you have diabetes:

  • Check your feet every single day
  • Look for cracks in the skin and anything that doesn’t look right.
  • Keep your nails trimmed – cut them straight across and avoid cutting into the skin.
  • Use soap that’s specially formulated for diabetics
  • Always dry your feet well – especially between your toes
  • Moisturize your feet with a diabetic-safe moisturizer
  • Choose socks and shoes do not dig into or cause damage to your skin

The attention you give to the health of your feet will keep you moving and staying healthy.

If you suspect you have a problem, or you notice a crack in your skin, please call our office right away. For diabetics, bacterial infections are frequently the result of untreated fungal infections or cracks in the skin.

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