You are well-acquainted with the dietary changes you can make to control diabetes. In the same way, there are simple techniques that you can use to limit your risk of serious problems.
Here's what you should do:
- Wear comfortable shoes: Well-fitting shoes will protect your feet from injuries and prevent corns and calluses. Avoid walking bare-foot, even at home, to reduce the risk of splinters.
- Change socks often: Make sure your socks are made of absorbent, nonbonding material. You should be especially aware of holes, as this leaves your foot exposed to injury.
- Practice daily grooming: Carefully inspect your feet once a day for redness, blisters or irritation. Use a mirror, if you need to. Also, do not try to pare corns, calluses or toenails yourself.
- Use a moisturizing lotion: By using foot lotion daily, you will keep your skin from becoming dangerously cracked.
- Follow your doctor's advice: Watch your diet and follow your physician's advice. You are normal if you feel frustrated by these restrictions; but, by getting into normal health care routines, you can keep your spirits up -- and remain healthy!
When to Consult Your Podiatrist
If you are a diabetic, you should see your podiatrist every 3 to 4 months for a routine check-up. Following are other medical problems that signal a visit to your podiatrist:
- Toenail changes
- Corns or calluses
- A red or irritated spot
- Ulcer, blister or infection
- Dry or cracked skin
- Any difficulty with grooming
Many of these problems can be remedied without surgery. State- of-the-art advances permit your podiatrist to monitor circulation; treat fungus nails, callus formation, chronic dry skin and poor circulation; and to medically or surgically correct problems if necessary.
If You Need Our Help
Dr. Gregory Teles has devoted a large part of his practice to educating and treating diabetic patients. He enthusiastically endorses preventative foot care, teaching his patients how to minimize medical expenses and safeguard their health. If you need Dr. Teles' expertise with diabetic foot problems, call 310-986-2925.
Visit our website to read more about Diabetic Footcare at All South Bay Footcare.