Overall, managing diabetes can seem overwhelming when you consider the many negative effects of the disease and the lifestyle changes you must make to improve them. Fortunately, at Syracuse Podiatry, we want diabetes management to be as easy and worry-free as possible. For our second blog post of National Diabetes Month 2016, we have some simple suggestions in a few key focus areas to ensure that diabetics and their feet remain in tiptop shape!
- Wear socks or stockings that are loose and do not restrict blood flow.
- Leave your legs or feet uncrossed when sitting in a chair or on the ground.
- If you smoke, consider seeking information about quitting, and if you do not smoke—keep it that way
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- Dry thoroughly between the toes after bathing.
- Wear absorbent socks that cover the entire foot and change them frequently.
- Cut your toenails straight across the top to reduce the risk of ingrown toenails.
- If you notice a wound that is persistent, contact your podiatrist immediately.
- Think twice about walking barefoot or without socks—this friction and irritation can tear the skin.
- Avoid using sticky substances or adhesives on your feet, for they may rip the skin when they are removed.
- Give the feet plenty of room inside your shoes to avoid pinching nerves from bending out of position.
- Never expose feet to hot water or ground, as reduced sensation can lead to burns.
The common theme among all of these recommendations is to treat your feet as gently and carefully as possible. You might be surprised at how successful this general awareness may be! Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico has taken a special interest in diabetic foot care, and has experience treating related deformities like hammertoe, blisters, or calluses. Patients of all ages in Central New York are encouraged to contact our Fayetteville office at (315) 446-2668 with any questions or to make an appointment today!