Diabetes brings about a complete change in your lifestyle, but it also brings a brand new set of potential problems with your feet. The good news is that you can lower your chance of developing foot disorders by taking a few simple steps.
- To start, you should check your feet every day. Look for red spots, cuts, blisters…anything that isn’t normal. If you find something out of the ordinary, see the foot doctor as soon as you can. The key to preventing big foot problems from diabetes is to catch them when they’re small problems! Pick a time of the day and declare it “Foot Check Time,” and then do it every day at the same time. Before you know it, it’ll become a part of your daily routine.
- You also need to make sure you keep the blood flowing to your feet at all times. Don’t cross your legs for a long period of time, and wiggle those toes and ankles two or three times a day. Of course, the more active you are, the lower your chance of developing foot disorders stemming from diabetes, so wiggling your toes while you watch “Oprah” might not be enough. But when you are watching TV, put your feet up. This will help keep the blood flowing to your feet.
- Don’t ever go barefoot! Always wear shoes and socks to protect your feet. Make sure they fit you well, and make sure there’s nothing in your shoes before putting them on; the less trauma you can put your feet through, the better.
- You should get a regular foot exam from a doctor of podiatry. This doesn’t have to be every month…if you aren’t experiencing any problems with your feet, a yearly checkup is a good idea.
These simple steps can help you keep your feet healthy for a long time.